1997 Resolution on 'Implementing the Each Charter'



held in Basel/Switzerland from April 17 to 20, 1997

The Fifth Conference of EACH demands of the EC and all European Goverments action to implement the EACH Charter, in particular the right of the child not to be admitted to an adult ward (clause 6), to be cared for by staff trained to care for children (clause 8), and to continuity of care by the team caring for children (clause 9).

The surveys from all European Children in Hospital Initiatives, reported to the conference, showed that in some European countries many children and adolescents are cared for in adult wards without appropriately trained children's staff. With the current economic restrictions, this situation is likely to get worse, and the right of children and young people to receive care "in the best interest of the child" (Article 3.1 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child) will be ignored. EACH and its national member organisations refuse to accept this situation and will actively campaign to remedy this deplorable state of affairs.

Basel, April 20, 1997

Delegations were present from: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia.