Children differ physically and mentally from adults and therefore react in a different manner. Policies made for adults therefore cannot simply be applied to children. Evidence to date suggests that children have a low risk of serious COVID-19, caused by a coronavirus, but severe cases can still happen in these age groups and special attention is needed to be given for the impact it has on them.
EACH calls upon all governments, policy makers, staff in hospitals and in all other healthcare facilities, as well as general practitioners, to respect the needs and rights of children regarding the consequences due to COVID-19, as stipulated in the EACH CHARTER.
The UNCRC defines the age of a child to be from 0 –18 years. In accordance with the UNCRC, the term ‘child’ in this document includes all children, from newborn to adolescent.
The term ‘parent’ in this document refers to an adult providing a primary caring role to a child. The relationship of the person who provides this caring role can extend beyond family members but the carer is familiar, trustworthy and acceptable to the child and parent.
Child and family-centred care is a philosophy of care. Respect for the role of family members as care partners is the essence of CFCC.
Those family members who play the most important caring role in the child’s life, are seen as an integral part of the healthcare team.
They are considered the experts on the child’s needs and are supported in their caregiving role, while staying with their child in hospital and at home.
Hospital staff shares all information concerning the child’s health with the child and/or the family members in a supportive way in order to prepare them better for shared decision-making.