The Office of the Children’s Commissioner have revealed the findings of their latest research into children and young people’s participation in strategic health decision-making.
Dr Maggie Atkinson said: "Children and young people have a right to have their views heard in all matters affecting them and for these to be taken seriously. This Right is enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as Article 12.
"The Government is also clear that patient and public involvement is at the heart of the recent reforms of the NHS, something I warmly welcome. The 2012 White Paper, Equality and Excellent: liberating the NHS outlines the emphasis placed on giving patients and the public a much stronger voice.
"This report focuses on how good established, new and emerging health systems are at engaging children and young people in decision-making about health service design and delivery. It explores how far these structures realise children’s rights to participate in decisions that will directly affect them and their health, both now and in future."