Charter of Children's Rights in the Hospital

Children should only be admitted to hospital if the care they require cannot be provided in home treatment or outpatient treatment.
Children in the hospital should have the right to constant contact with their parents and siblings. Where possible, parents should be helped and encouraged to stay in the hospital with their child. In order to be able to take part in the care of their child, parents should be fully informed about the operation of the ward and encouraged to take an active part in it.
Children, or their parents, have the right to information in a form appropriate to their age and understanding. At the same time, they must be able to talk openly about their needs with the staff.
Children, or their parents, have the right to participate in an informed way in all decisions regarding the health care provided to them. Every child must be protected from all procedures that are not necessary for his or her treatment and from unnecessary actions taken to alleviate his or her physical or emotional distress.
Children must be treated with tact and understanding and their privacy must be respected at all times.
Children must be cared for by properly trained staff who are fully aware of the physical and emotional needs of children of all ages.
Children should be able to wear their own clothes and have their belongings with them in the hospital.
Children should be cared for together with other children of the same age group.
Children should be placed in an environment that is furnished and equipped to meet their developmental needs and requirements, while complying with recognized child safety rules and policies.
Children should have full opportunities for play, rest and education, adapted to their age and state of health.

According to the National Association for Welfare of Children in Hospital (NAWCH), based in London. The Central Ethics Commission of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic amended the text, approved it and declared it valid on February 25, 1992.

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