Child visiting

Things to know before bringing a child aged under 18 years to visit a patient at Rampton Hospital

  • The process starts when the patient asks to see the child/young person
  • The person with parental responsibility for the child must agree to the contact
  • The patient's clinical team has to agree to the request
  • The local Children's Social Care Service will assess the child's best interests and submit a report to the Hospital. If the assessment does not agree that it is in the child's best interests to visit, then it cannot go ahead
  • The child must be accompanied by their parent/guardian or an adult nominated by the parent/guardian


How to apply

The patient will submit a written request. The clinical team will help him/her to do this.

• If supported by the clinical team, the child's parent/guardian will be contacted for their views

• Social Services will be contacted for their views

• A social worker will visit the parents and talk to the child

• All reports are sent to the nominated officer, who convenes a meeting where a panel will consider everyone's views and thoughts

• If the nominated officer agrees to the visits, you will be informed by letter

• The visit can now be arranged. You must contact the Visitors' Centre, at least five days in advance

• If the patient becomes unwell, these visits may be postponed or stopped for a while


Rampton Hospital Family Visiting Suite

Family Centre

• All child visits take place in the Family Centre

• You will receive a DVD to show to the child and to talk through what it might be like to visit

• The Family Centre is a short walk into the Hospital. It is fully equipped with children in mind

If you have any questions about a child visiting the Hospital, please contact your social worker or phone the Visitors' Centre.

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