Children are at greater risk of harm than many other patient groups because of their age, developmental capacity and reduced ability to speak up for themselves.

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

Children's physical, cognitive and mental health needs also vary considerably from those of adults, with family being fundamental to their decision-making and wellbeing. These characteristics bring with them complexities that require special consideration by clinicians to determine children’s expressed goals of care, and the effect of their health issues on their life and health outcomes.

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