Do you know someone special who deserves a very exclusive teddy award? The Scottish Children’s Health Awards exist to celebrate courageous children and young people, and those who are making a difference to their health and wellbeing. Nominations are now open, and you have until 5.00pm on Friday 15 July 2022 to nominate someone special.
Helen Forrest, Chief Executive for Children’s Health Scotland, said: “We are so excited to see the return of the Scottish Children’s Health Awards for the third year running. The awards mark a great opportunity to celebrate
The award categories are shown below and this year we have introduced a new category – The Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is not open to public nominations and will be presented to a health professional who, in the judges’ opinions, has made outstanding contributions to the health and wellbeing of children and young people.
We are delighted that once again Journalist and TV Presenter, Catriona Shearer, will interview all the winners to share their stories whilst helping us to present the awards at our My Health, My Rights Conference on 9 September 2022 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh.
If you know a child who deserves some special recognition for the great determination they have shown when it might have been so much easier to give up, or a health professional/team whose work is inspirational then please go online and enter now. The awards are easy to enter and FREE.
The award categories are as follows:
Relationships shape the way we see the world and affect all areas of our learning and development. This award has been created to give a child/young person the chance to say ‘thank you’ to someone special in their life who is making or has made a significant difference to their world. We are looking for someone special whose care really stood out whilst they were undergoing treatment.
HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Children are precious and so is their health and wellbeing. When parents leave their children in the care of practitioners, they also hand over responsibility for their health and wellbeing. This award celebrates an individual or team who are making a difference to the health and wellbeing of children through their treatment or advocacy.
All children and young people have human and healthcare rights. For example, children have the right to the best health possible and to medical care and the right to play and education in hospital. These rights are articulated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the European Association for Children in Hospital (EACH) Charter. This award acknowledges the extraordinary steps taken by a nominee to advance the healthcare rights of children and young people.
Health-related play is more than just a chance to have fun – it is a serious business when it comes to children’s health and wellbeing. It can help children physically, mentally and emotionally and is an essential part of treatment that can help to speed up recovery either in hospital or at home. For this award we are looking for someone special, or a special team, making a significant difference to a child’s life through health-related play.
IMPROVING LIFE EXPERIENCES
Through this award we want to recognise the commitment and expertise of a nominee or team making a significant difference to improving life experiences of a child or young person undergoing treatment. We are looking for a nominee making a difference to the confidence and resilience of a child or young person, so they are better able to deal with their current difficulties. The nominee may also have helped children and young people develop basic skills and habits to help them deal with challenges later in their life.
This category has a trophy for a child or young person who has shown great determination and kept going, when it might have been so much easier to give up. We are seeking any child or young person who has gone above and beyond, showing enormous courage in their life and never giving up.