Principle 2: Holistic approach

Principle 2: Holistic approach

Children and young people should be treated as thinking, feeling people who are members of a family and who have a range of strengths and needs.

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.

Holistic approach

Principle: Children and young people should be treated as thinking, feeling people who are members of a family and who have a range of strengths and needs. Health professionals should consider all these, not just the health problem the child or young person has that day.

All attendances for health care or disability support should be used to promote, and advocate for, the holistic development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families.

You can expect that when your child or young person receives health or disability services, the providers will treat your child or young person holistically, that is, as a thinking, feeling person who is a member of a family and who has the following needs to be met, beyond just the physical:

  • developmental
  • physical
  • emotional
  • social, educational and vocational
  • cultural
  • spiritual

Health professionals should consider all these needs and not limit their concerns to your child's or young person's health problem that day. You can also expect them to be concerned with the services that are available for your child's or young person's needs and with making sure that they are receiving all the services that they are entitled to, such as the Well Child Tamariki Ora Programme for children from birth to 5 years.

Health professionals should also consider the whole family and the impact of the condition on the day-to-day functioning of your family. 

This page last reviewed 25 March 2015.
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