Child's Bill of Rights

In the hospital you and your family have the right to:

Respect and personal dignity

  • You are important. The doctors and nurses want to get to know you.
  • We will tell you who we are, and we will call you by your name. We will take time to listen to you.
  • We will not talk about you in your room or outside your door unless you know what is happening.
  • We will honor your privacy.

Care that supports you and your family

  • Your family is important, We will work together with them to make you as safe and comfortable as possible.
  • There will be a place for a member of your family to spend the night in the hospital with you or near you.

Information you can understand

  • You can ask about what is happening to you and why.
  • Someone who speaks your language will help explain things to you whenever possible, and someone from your family can be with you when people in the hospital are explaining things to you.

Quality Health Care

  • You will be taken care of by doctors, nurses, and other people who know about children and teenagers.
  • We will work together with you and your family to make your stay in the hospital as short and as comfortable as possible.

Emotional Support

  • You can let the doctors, nurses and your parents know your feelings. You have the right to cry or object to anything that hurts.
  • You can wear your own clothes most of the time and keep your special things with you.
  • You can have your family with you as much as possible.

Care that respects your need to grow, play and learn

  • We will consider all of your interests and needs, not just those related to your illness.
  • You have the right to rest, to play, and to learn. We will make sure that you have places and times for the things children your age need.

Make choices and decisions

  • You can make choices whenever possible.
  • You can tell us how we can help you feel more comfortable.

Reference: A Pediatric Bill of Rights, Association for the Care of Children's Health, 1991