Principle 1: Children's and young people's needs come first

Principle 1: Children's and young people's needs come first

When children and young people receive health or disability services, their needs should be the primary concern of the health provider.

Introduction

The following is one of a group of principles which recognise the particular needs of children and young people receiving health and disability support services. The principles describe what should be provided when your child or young person receives those services. They are based on expert opinion and a considerable body of literature in New Zealand and overseas and they have been developed after wide consultation. See all the principles listed in Principles: what health and disability services should provide for your child or young person.

Children and young people's needs come first

Principle: When children and young people receive health or disability services, their needs should be the primary concern of the health provider.

You can expect that when your child or young person receives health or disability services:

  • their needs will be the primary concern of the health provider
  • the health provider will discuss with you the best possible options for treatment or care, implications of the treatment and how you can be involved 
  • the health provider will deliver the highest possible standard of care for your child or young person
  • the health provider has a process to hear the voices of children, young people and parents

Each time you visit a health or disability service, the focus of the provider should be on your child's or young person’s needs and yours. These visits should be used to promote and advocate for your child's or young person's development and wellbeing.

This page last reviewed 25 March 2015.
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