When you bring a child we will welcome you to our award winning family friendly room. We have a robust procedure in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people under the age of 18. The patient must make an application to see a child or young person, at least five days in advance; and the clinical team has to agree to the request, along with the person with parental responsibility for the child or young person.
Your local children’s social care service will assess the child’s best interests and let us know their decision. If the decision is that the local authority does not agree that it is in the best interest of the child or young person to visit, then visits cannot go ahead. If this does happen there is an appeals process, please speak to your relative’s social worker.
Once approved the person with parental responsibility will be informed in writing. The patient’s social worker will be in contact to plan your visit. The child must be accompanied on the visit by their parent or guardian or a nominated adult.
If you are planning to send photographs of your child to your relative please clearly sign the back of the photograph authorising your parental consent and clearly identify who the child is. Your relative or friend’s social worker can help if you have any questions.