Our Area Co-ordinator, Dagmar Kerr, has worked in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board since 2001 to represent children and young people and their families. Their health rights, as described in the EACH Charter and the UNCRC, underpin her work at all times.
Dagmar is available to speak to children, young people, carers, parents and professionals about any questions they might have in regards to healthcare rights. Dagmar is a member of a strong team where colleagues have knowledge and experience in a large variety of issues, so that between us we can usually find answers to questions and signpost people to appropriate and helpful services. You can contact Dagmar at the direct link below.
Thank you for listening and for pointing me in the right direction.
Children learn through play. With our popular Workshops about hospitals of the dentist, we can help children to prepare for visits or treatments in the future, whether they are planned or unexpected. This kind of play also helps them to process past experiences and allows observant teachers, play workers or parents to discover if a child has unresolved issues with past medical or dental experiences.
We can offer in-person and online play workshops and can deliver these with schools and community groups.
To find our more or book a workshop, please see our ‘Schools’ Service Page.
Visiting a dentist can be traumatic or frightening for children and young people, and even more so, if they have additional support needs. Children’s Health Scotland has developed and evaluated excellent play resources and activities which support visits to the dentist and/or coping with treatment. Our dental leaflet offers practical advice on preparation and relaxation before dental visits. Dagmar can also offer direct advice to individuals and groups. You can contact Dagmar at the direct link below.
Dagmar contributes to various work stream which seek to involve adult services to achieve age appropriate care across all services in the board area. Experiencing a positive transition from paediatric to adult services is a key objective for Children’s Health Scotland.
We have supported this group since it began in 1997. It works on issues like equal access to hospital education, support during bereavement, staff awareness of adolescent needs or those with complex and learning needs, consent and shares Children’s Health Scotland’s aim to implement the EACH Charter for all children and young people.
The group has contributed to various major service re-design and was instrumental in ensuring that maternity and paediatric services were on the same site. It supports the development of transition services, raises awareness of adolescent needs and contributes to staff education.
Children’s Health Scotland has encouraged all health boards across Scotland to consider setting up a Rights of the Child Group or to at least make children’s rights a regular part of high level paediatric service planning and commissioning.
Dagmar delivers talks about the patient and parent perspective and the needs of children to healthcare professionals including nursing students and to community groups.
She welcomes opportunities to attend public information events with partner organisations, such as family open days, exhibitions or specific awareness days.
To find out more, please see our ‘Professionals’ Service Page.
Dagmar offers training sessions to parents, volunteers, professionals and students on a variety of topics, including:
- Children and Young People’s Healthcare Rights
- Health Related Play
- Oral Health
- Transitions from Paediatric to Adult Services
I feel empowered now to explore further and to gain more knowledge so that I may signpost young people and their families where appropriate – I feel very passionate about this.
Student at Glasgow University
To find out more and request a workshop or training session, please see our ‘Professionals’ Service Page.
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