This article suggests communicative steps and strategies to help healthcare professionals achieve the ideals of child-centred care, which place children and young people at the centre of policy and practice. For those with 15 s, not 15 min, our suggestions can be summarised like this: help children be active agents in their own care by asking, listening well, being curious and explaining things clearly in an accessible but not condescending way.
- child health services
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Contributors GD wrote the first draft and managed the revisions. MAK, RC, AT and TD provided critical reviews and contributed to revisions. All authors read and approved the final version.
Funding This work was funded by the Charitable Funds Department, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, by award of a PhD Research Fellowship received by GD (grant number 71817005).
Disclaimer Funders had no direct involvement with conceptualisation or completion.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.