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 14 July 2023 to nominate someone special. The award categories are shown on the opposite page. We also have a Lifetime Achievement Award which isn’t listed as this award is not open to public nominations. The award 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 their awards. The winners will be revealed during Scottish Children’s Health Week on 4 – 10 September 2023, so save the date! So, do you know someone who deserves one of these coveted teddy awards? Then go online and enter now.
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.
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.
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.