Already built into both the design of the project and the ethos of our hospital (first children’s hospital in England to be rated as “Outstanding” doncha know) . Not our first rodeo.
The focus of this project though is because we specifically know this group of kids and young people, and families, often don’t feel comfortable in even raising this issue in the first place. It aims to redress this particular balance, and sits alongside work we do locally, regionally and nationally to address both the overall difficulties with children’s health outcomes in the UK, as well as specific work with other, smaller groups who have their own specific issues. We’re already in discussion about expanding it in parallel with another project which is particularly aimed at supporting adolescents who find themselves in adult hospital wards (sadly not at all uncommon), as well as another piece of work looking at addressing gang-related violence in teenagers in our area. We know that there is a danger in trying to do much too quickly … but equally we know that when multiple projects address different facets of the same fundamental underlying issues, they gradually build together to form a common foundation with overlapping scope.
Small changes, change the climate, make more changes … and eventually we build something really worthwhile.