2018 Resolution on 'Avoiding Pain, Fear and Stress'

14th EACH Conference Frankfurt / Germany
September 26 – 29, 2018

In line with the EACH Charter for the Rights of Sick Children and its Annotations*, the member organisations of the European Association for Children in Hospital call upon all governments to ensure that:

Having regard to ethical and legal considerations and as a fundamental part of the quality of healthcare for children, managers, healthcare professionals and insurance companies should strive for optimal patient cooperation without restraint, for patient comfort and the avoidance of suffering, pain and fear.

In order to deal with pain, fear and stress and to promote positive cooperation and engagement with sick children, professionals in child healthcare should: 

  • have the competence, interpersonal and social skills to make a connection with and to gain the trust and co-operation of children. They should be able to communicate in an empathetic and patient manner with children and their parents; 
  • have the professional skills, competence and experience to administer safe, effective and comfort-directed pain management procedures, and to ensure that children understand and accept such procedures (either verbally or non-verbally).

Delegates represented from  Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Frankfurt, September 29, 2018

* The EACH Charter and its annotations 

Article 4.1: Children and parents shall have the right to be informed in a manner appropriate to age and understanding. 

Article 4.2: Steps should be taken to mitigate physical and emotional stress. 

Article 8: Children shall be cared for by staff whose training and skills enable them to respond to the physical, emotional and developmental needs of children and families,

Article 10: Children shall be treated with tact and understanding and their privacy shall be respected at all times. 

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Article 3.1 and Art 3.3:  Best interests of the child

Article 12.1: Respect for the views of the child

Article 19: Child’s right to protection from all forms of violence  

Article 24: Children’s right to health and health services

General Comment No 15 (2013) on the right of the child to the highest attainable standard of health (Art. 24)