How Children's Rights are Constructed in Family Centred Care: A Review of the Literature

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Journal of Child Health Care, 2012, 16 (2), pp. 190 - 205
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It appears that the acceptance of childrens rights within the acute care setting is treated as a given but such a given requires a more systematic analysis. This has been undertaken here in the form of a review of the literature. The purpose of the review is to explore how childrens rights, defined by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) are recognized in familycentred care in the acute care paediatric setting as reported in the literature. Reports that were available from 1989 to 2010 were reviewed. Childrens rights are not mentioned frequently in the literature of interest to childrens nurses. What is revealed are the ethical tensions in the challenge to act at all times in childrens best interests (in the spirit of Article 3) while giving due weight to their views (in the spirit of Article 12) (OHCHR, 1989). The continuing failure to address these tensions undermines the spirit and practice of family-centred care.
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