Ethics in Child Health – Chapter 9: Different perspectives, different priorities (ebook)


Chapter 9 of the book – Different perspectives, different priorities: using a strengths-based approach to gain trust and find common ground

Reddihough and Tracy’s chapter tells the moving story of an adolescent and her family who come to the attention of clinical services for the fi time when the young woman is 14 years old. The authors use this story to explore the issues associated with the process of engaging with an adolescent. They report on the challenges they experienced, the distress and upset they felt and the process of developing a relationship between the healthcare team and the family over a period of time. Rather than engaging child services, the clinical team took the time and effort to build a trusting rapport with the family that eventually led to a satisfactory resolution of many of the issues that could easily have been addressed punitively. Variations on this theme are also discussed in Chapter 18.

About the complete book

Have you ever:

  • Wondered how to deal with a family that repeatedly fails to keep clinic appointments?
  • Disagreed with colleagues over a proposed course of treatment for a child?
  • Considered ways to ‘bump’ a child on a waiting to speed up their assessment?

These are a few of the scenarios faced by clinicians in neurodisability on a daily basis. Ethics in Child Health explores the ethical dimensions of these issues that have either been ignored or not recognised. Each chapter is built around a scenario familiar to clinicians and is discussed with respect to how ethical principles can be utilised to inform decision-making. Useful ‘Themes for Discussion’ are provided at the end of each chapter to help professionals and students develop practical ethical thinking. Ethics in Child Health offers a set of principles that clinicians, social workers and policy-makers can utilise in their respective spheres of influence.


Readership: clinicians and paediatricians in neurodisability, service providers in neurodisability, community-based health professionals,  and health policy makers.

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