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Views to be used in planning for the new children’s hospital

Children, parents and hospital staff to be surveyed on children’s rights

Participants will be invited to express views on children’s rights under the UN Convention

The HSE has set aside a maximum budget of €50,000, including VAT, for a joint initiative situated in a child rights framework and focused on experiences of hospital care, to support children, young people and other stakeholders share their views on the delivery of services in the three existing children’s hospitals, and proposed new children’s hospital.

The views resulting from the initiative are to be taken into account by each of the three existing children’s hospitals (Crumlin, Temple Street and Tallaght) in the context of decision-making regarding the future delivery of their respective services.

They will also be considered by the Children’s Hospital Group in the context of its work to plan the delivery of services to children and young people on becoming legally established, and in planning for the new children’s hospital.

Participants will be invited to express their views on children’s rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as these rights arise in the context of procedures and practices in hospitals attended by children. As such, the initiative involves promoting a culture of child-friendly healthcare and respect for children’s rights in hospital.

Views shared by participants will facilitate each of the three existing children’s hospitals to identify and highlight existing good practices, as well as to identify any potential areas for improvement.

The HSE is seeking a consultant/researcher to prepare a final report as well as a child-/young person-friendly executive summary on the initiative for submission by the end of July.

The consultant will train and brief people who will disseminate and support the completion of the questionnaires by 2,000 children and young people, 2,000 parents/guardians and 300 staff and management across emergency departments, outpatient and inpatient settings, including daycare, in the children’s hospitals.

They will also devise, plan and facilitate focus group consultations with up to three small groups of children/young people receiving paediatric services in one or more of the three hospitals, a group of parents/guardians and the Board of each of the three children’s hospitals.

It is envisaged the initiative will be completed over the next five months, finishing by the end of September.

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