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Giving children a voice through partnership: a child rights-based approach to the co-design of postgraduate nurse education.

Allan, Elaine; Luders, Sadullah


Elaine Allan


Background: There is an increasing need for the voice of children and young people to be more evident in planning and designing services, including the delivery of higher education, for school nurses to ultimately influence service delivery. Aim: To raise awareness of the importance of children’s rights by embedding them in postgraduate school nurse education to influence school nurse service delivery. Methods: A model was developed through direct partnership with representatives of the Children’s Parliament in Scotland. This model facilitated the inclusion of children and young people’s opinions in the co-design of postgraduate nurse education in order to incorporate children and young people’s rights and opinions and improve the delivery of the school nurse service in Aberdeen. Results: In a supported environment, children and young people were able to negotiate relationships with multiagency professionals on an equal basis, building connections and trust with them in partnership, based on their perceptions of school nurses’ daily actions and characteristics. Their negotiation of relationships identified various change management categories for improving the delivery of higher education and services. Conclusions: Children and young people have clear opinions and views when consulted in an inclusive age-appropriate way through rights-based participation. It is important that listening and taking due cognisance of children’s voices becomes the norm in influencing higher education, and that children and young people have a direct influence on improving children’s services.


ALLAN, E. and LUDERS, S. 2021. Giving children a voice through partnership: a child rights-based approach to the co-design of postgraduate nurse education. British journal of child health, [online], 2(4), pages 171-178. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 28, 2021
Online Publication Date Aug 12, 2021
Publication Date Aug 2, 2021
Deposit Date Aug 16, 2021
Publicly Available Date Feb 3, 2022
Journal British journal of child health
Print ISSN 2633-5417
Electronic ISSN 2633-5425
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 4
Pages 171-178
Keywords Children’s rights; Postgraduate nurse education; School nursing; Partnership working; Co-design
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