Developing effective therapeutic relationships with children, young people and their families
CPD Previous    

Developing effective therapeutic relationships with children, young people and their families

Jane Roberts Lecturer, children and young people’s nursing, University of Salford
Gaynor Fenton Lecturer, children and young people’s nursing, University of Salford
Michaela Barnard Lecturer in children’s and young people’s nursing, University of Salford

It is imperative that nurses caring for children, young people and their families develop and maintain effective, trusting and collaborative therapeutic relationships that sit within the scope of professional boundaries. This relationship is the nurse’s responsibility and should be positive and mutually acceptable to all stakeholders. A unique challenge for children’s nurses is to address and prioritise the child’s care needs, while meeting the needs of, and empowering, the family. The 6Cs – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage, commitment – should underpin care and enable nurses to overcome challenges such as time pressures, acute situations or disturbed family expectation. Confidentiality and safeguarding should always be observed.

Nursing Children and Young People. 27, 4,30-35. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.27.4.30.e566

Correspondence

j.f.roberts@salford.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and checked using antiplagiarism software. For related articles visit our online archive and search using the keywords

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 04 September 2014

Accepted: 04 December 2014