If a health service organisation is to be child safe, child friendly and child aware, it should consider the broader healthcare setting and its own suitability to provide care for children.4,5

    Why does this standard need special consideration by health service organisations that provide care for children?

    To do this, health service organisations need to monitor and review the care provided to children to ensure thorough and effective clinical governance. Further, the workforce requires specific knowledge, skills and expertise in areas of child health and wellbeing, growth and development, parenting support, and working in partnership with children and their families.6

    Effective governance in health service organisations that provide care for children ensures that:

    • The rights of children are promoted and protected using the Charter on the Rights of Children and Young People in Healthcare Services in Australia7
    • Children and their families are given opportunities to provide feedback on their experience of care to improve the quality of healthcare services
    • The workforce has the relevant skills, knowledge, experience and access to clinical guidelines to provide safe child- and family-focused health care
    • The workforce has access to, and complies with, relevant paediatric clinical guidelines
    • The setting is suited to and safe for children
    • Environments in which children receive care are safe, and meet their physical, mental and psychosocial needs.
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    5. Australian Human Rights Commission. National statement of principles for child safe organisations – consultation draft. Sydney: AHRC; 2017.

    6. Queensland Child and Youth Clinical Network – Child Health Subnetwork. Queensland Universal Child Health Framework – implementation guide. V6 21.5.14. Brisbane: Queensland Health; 2014 (accessed Jul 2017).

    7. Children’s Hospitals Australasia, Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare. Charter on the Rights of Children and Young People in Healthcare Services in Australia. Canberra: Children’s Hospitals Australasia (accessed Apr 2016).

    12. Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Australian Open Disclosure Framework. Sydney: ACSQHC; 2013.

    13. Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Involving children and young people in health services. London: NHS Confederation; 2012 (accessed Jul 2017).

    14. Matza LS, Patrick DL, Riley AW, Alexander JJ, Rajmil L, Pleil AM, et al. Paediatric patient-reported outcome instruments for research to support medical product labeling: report of the ISPOR PRO good research practices for the assessment of children and adolescents task force. Value Health 2013;16:461–79.

    15. Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council. National Framework for Universal Child and Family Health Services. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing; 2011 (accessed Feb 2016).

    16. Starey N. What is clinical governance? Newmarket (UK): Hayward Medical Communications; 1999.