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Guidance and Supporting Principles

GUIDANCE to SELECTING STANDARD/S or COMPONENTS of STANDARD/S for IMPLEMENTATION ACTIVITIES/PROGRESS WORK or for an ACHIEVEMENT/PROGRESS AWARD - Draft 8

The provisional Child Friendly Healthcare Initiative 'Standards' and their suggested supporting criteria cover a great many of the issues and areas that relate to the care of children and their families.

The development phase of the pilot project is currently restricted to two years. Therefore if there are several areas for progress work at each pilot health facility, selected 'Standards' and/or components of 'Standards' should:

  • Be considered a priority for the health facility, taking into account the views of health workers, children and parents/caretakers.
  • Be within the direct sphere of influence of the health workers or health facility thus feasible. Some 'Standards' that relate to issues requiring action at a different level should not be pursued during the pilot project.
  • Be felt feasible and achievable (at least in part) within the pilot project time period. Other 'Standards' or components of 'Standards' can be pursued lat a later date as part of a staged process.
  • Enable comparative study to identify progress made and appropriateness of implementation strategies and activities.
  • Address practice/care within a specific location/s such as a ward or department.
  • Be decided on as a result of consensus between the pilot site representatives and the CFHI project team after the Initial Collaborative Assessment. This assessment includes the opinions of health care workers and the children and families that use the services.
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