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Child Visiting Policy

The Trust welcomes and supports the Code of Practice recommendations (2015) in relation to Children Visiting in Hospital and endorses the position that regular visiting to the patient should be accommodated when this is required. This Policy is applied equally to all ensuring that there is no discrimination on the grounds of age, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, belief or disability.

The Trust does not place any restrictions upon children visiting their relatives or loved ones unless it is absolutely necessary and is considered to be in the child or patient’s best interest. The Trust respects the rights of all individuals whilst embracing the responsibility of reducing the risk of significant harm to both child and the parent, and this policy endeavors to meet these objectives.

The last decade has seen a gradual recognition that many adult mental health service users are also parents and a steady growth in concern over the implications of this for their children. Contact between parents and children when a parent is in hospital needs to be actively encouraged by staff. (Barnardo’s 2007)


Link to the full Policy:

Child Visiting Policy

Link to the Equalities Impact Analysis:

Child Visiting Policy - EIA