Published Report Details
Mandatory Fields
Kilkelly U. & Savage E.
Child-Friendly Healthcare: A Report Commissioned by the Ombudsman for Children
Ombudsman for Children's Office
Optional Fields
Child; Child Friendly; Child Health; Child Participation; Children's Rights;
The importance of the healthcare setting as a place where children’s rights are respected is highlighted by the fact that all children will come into contact with the healthcare system at some point in their lives. Children meet healthcare professionals – themselves a very diverse group – in a wide variety of settings when they access primary, secondary and tertiary care, and they go through this process with their parents and carers, and sometimes alone. Focusing on children’s rights in healthcare thus presents a clear opportunity to ensure respect for children’s rights in their everyday lives. Ensuring that this experience is a positive one, where the child feels respected and listened to, where his/her needs are met and he/she feels supported, will serve to underpin respect for the child’s rights more generally. Through this experience, children learn the importance of respecting others and the value of being respected. Protecting the rights of children in the healthcare setting means not only that they receive treatment that makes them better or improves the quality of their lives, it also means that their broader needs, as children, are met throughout that process. In this way, healthcare that is child-friendly is better healthcare for children, and this has an important multiplier effect that can benefit families and indeed society as a whole (Council of Europe, Guidelines on Child-Friendly Healthcare, 2011: 14
Grant Details
Other: Not Listed
Funded by the Ombudsman for Children's Office