1995 Resolution on 'Children in adult wards'

Final Resolution
of the 4th European Conference of EACH

held in Chantilly/France from March 21 to March 24, 1995

The focus of attention of EACH and its member organisations for the following two years shall be the continuing problem of children being cared for in hospital with adults. The appropriate place for children in hospital is expressed in point 6 of the Leiden Charter*. This principle is in congruence with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child**.

Chantilly, March 24, 1995

* Point 6 of the Leiden Charter:
Children shall be cared for together with children who have the same developmental needs and shall not be admitted to adult wards. There should be no age restriction for visitors to children in hospital.

** UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
The child by reason of his physical and mental immaturity needs special safeguards and care (as stated in the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, adopted by the General Assembly on 20.11.1959).
Art. 24 (1)
States Parties recognise the right of the child to the enjoyment to the highest attainable standard of health and to the facilities for the treatment and rehabilitation of health. States Parties shall strive to ensure that no child is deprived of his o her right to such health services.
Art. 24 (3)
States Parties shall take all effective and appropriate measures with a view to abolishing traditional practices prejudicial to the health of children.

Attachment: Peg Belson: Relations between Art. 6 of the Leiden Charter and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which was adopted by the General Assembly on 28.11.1989.