Dear CFSN Members,
Please see below a message from Rachel Flynn; Director of Health Information and Standards, on HIQA’s scoping consultation to inform the development of Overarching National Standards for the Care and Support of Children using Health and Social Care Services.
HIQA is developing Overarching National Standards for the Care and Support of Children using Health and Social Care Services. HIQA recognises the importance of increasing the quality and safety of care and support for all children when they are using health and social care services. In 2018, HIQA committed to the development of National Standards for Children’s Social Services. During the development of these standards, it became evident to HIQA that there was an opportunity to also develop an overarching set of national standards to support improvements in all health and social care services working with children.
These overarching national standards have the potential to improve the experience of all children using health and social care services, by promoting clarity, consistency and continuity within and between services, and to focus services on the child first, rather than on the individual service needs. These standards, written from the perspective of a child, will help health and social care services to plan for and deliver high quality child-centred services.
Today, HIQA is launching a scoping consultation to give people an opportunity to identify the key areas that these overarching national standards should address, to share examples of good practice, and identify stakeholders who should be consulted. As a stakeholder in the area of children’s health and social care services, HIQA would like to invite you to contribute to this short scoping consultation. We are also requesting that you raise awareness of this consultation among your colleagues, as well as children, young people and families with experience of children’s health and social care services, and encourage them to participate in it.
An accompanying brief is attached to provide information about the overarching national standards. We would encourage you to read this before you complete the scoping consultation form. The brief, the form and instructions on how to fill out and submit the form are available at www.hiqa.ie
We will carefully assess all information received and use it, along with other evidence, to develop the Overarching National Standards for the Care and Support of Children using Health and Social Care Services. The closing date for the scoping consultation is 5pm Wednesday 23 September 2020.
We look forward to hearing from you.