Welcome to Day 5 of Scottish Children’s Health Week! Friends make our lives better. They help us to laugh, stand by us when we are down and make our lives healthier. That’s why we held our My Health, My Rights Conference on #BeFriendly Friday. We will be joined by 200 friendly people who are all eager to share ideas, research, experiences, and good practice in relation to the health and wellbeing of children and young people and their right to the best possible health. There will be workshops, exhibitors, debates, an awards ceremony, and so much more!
Children’s Health Scotland plays a big part in enabling children and young people to learn about their rights in relation to their health and wellbeing. In doing this we actively promote the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which sets out specific rights that all children have to help fulfil their potential, and the European Association for Children in Hospital (EACH) Charter. This Charter recognises and endorses the rights of the child as stipulated in the UNCRC, and the key principle that, in all situations, the best interests of the child should prevail.
The conference will be hosted by Scottish journalist, broadcaster and producer, Catriona Shearer, and will reflect on current research and theory whilst looking at best practice and the rights of children and young people with regards to their health and wellbeing. The morning session will open with a welcome from our Chair, Professor Richard Olver, followed by a Keynote Address by Clare Haughey MSP.
Throughout the day, we will be sharing an insider look at the conference on our social media pages, so please visit our Facebook and Twitter page if you were unable to attend the conference. We will also be sharing a surprise story later today, so stay tuned!
For #BeFriendly Friday, our Activity Book suggested three fabulous ideas to try: finding as many little ways as possible to be friendly, planning a trip with friends, and making sure your friends know how much you care. The Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland (KCASS) partnered with us to create a people chain, a simple but fun craft activity involving folding a cutting paper so that it looks like lots of people holding hands. You can then colour in the people to that it looks like all your friends gathered together.
Ready for more SCHW fun? View our activity book here.