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The voices of children and young people in health: where are we now?

Weil, Leonora G, Lemer, Claire, Webb, Elspeth Valma Jocelyn and Hargreaves, Dougal S 2015. The voices of children and young people in health: where are we now? Archives of Disease in Childhood 100 (10) , pp. 915-917. 10.1136/archdischild-2014-307492

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Universal children's day on 20 November 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC,1989)2 and the 55th anniversary of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959).3 Twenty-five years after the UNCRC, this article explores the rights of children and young people (CYP) to participate in decisions about their healthcare, and the benefits of doing so; we then examine where we are now with respect to the voices of CYP in health. This article addresses this final question through three aspects: first, by celebrating the progress made over the last quarter of a century—particularly with respect to policy development—both in the UK and internationally; second, by identifying ongoing areas of concern, with suggestions as to where to focus our efforts next; and finally, by calling for a change in culture. This change of culture is suggested through four positive concrete steps: a greater dissemination of guidance and examples of good practice, greater evaluation of the participatory process, appropriate training and procedures in place to support CYP participation and finally encouraging increased involvement of CYP in improving their own health. Through these steps, we aim towards a culture where CYP are valued, heard, understood and, ultimately, their rights are respected.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN: 0003-9888
Date of Acceptance: 13 May 2015
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2019 09:47

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