Children’s Health Scotland is the leading children’s health charity in Scotland and we’re the only charity dedicated to informing, promoting, and campaigning on behalf of the needs and rights of all children and young people with health conditions.
We are proud to support The Promise – a Scottish Government pledge that recognises the ambition of Scotland ‘to be the best place in the world to grow up.’ The Promise pledges that every child should grow up loved, safe, respected, and able to meet their full potential.
We can supply information, resources, workshops, programmes, and support to children and young people and the families who love and care for them with the aim of empowering a knowledge of health rights and to help access relevant services when needed. We deliver the following services that support families and carers
We have a range of guides on aspects of preparing a child for healthcare intervention and treatment:
- COPING WITH NEEDLES GUIDE
- COPING WITH PAIN GUIDE
- DENTAL HEALTH GUIDE
- THE GP SERVICE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
- WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOUR CHILD GOES TO HOSPITAL
- YOUNG PEOPLE IN HOSPITAL GUIDE
We have a range of resources for families. Please click here for our Publications and Resources for further information.
Going into hospital or preparing for any other kind of healthcare treatment or intervention can be a daunting time for families. Information about the treatment and what to expect can help families cope better and prepare their child for what to expect. Our pack includes a selection of our guides, including, What to expect when a child goes to hospital and the EACH Charter which explain healthcare rights. It also includes booklets on Consent and Confidentiality for under 16s and Have Your Say! Call 0131 5536553 if you would like a pack.
Children’s Health Scotland is a member of the European Association for Children in Hospital (EACH) which is an international umbrella organisation open to European non-governmental, non-profit national associations involved in the welfare of children in hospital and other healthcare services. In 1988 EACH members created a Charter stipulating in 10 points the rights of sick children and their families before, during and after a stay in hospital and in other healthcare services. Since its adoption in 1988 the EACH Charter has been used by EACH members as guidance for protecting the rights and wellbeing of sick children and eventually has served as a basis for healthcare legislation and professional guidelines in many European countries
In this section you can find health information in different languages. This is just as a start. Look regularly or get updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages. The NHS Health Service provides information in different languages and formats. Speak to NHS or GP staff before an appointment to chat about your requirements.
If you have a question contact NHS inform or call 0800 22 44 88.
Find our leaflets, useful websites, suggested children’s books and lots more in our resources section.