The importance of play in the recovery of a hospitalised child is universally recognised. All children need to play and have the right to do so: the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Ireland has ratified, recognises play as one of the fundamental human rights of children.
Play for children in hospital is vital and it has the potential to provide a whole range of benefits, which are especially important given that the children are not only coping with an illness but adjusting to being away from home and their normal routines. It’s a simple concept with enormous benefits as children admitted to hospital are particularly vulnerable, both physically and emotionally.
Children in Hospital Ireland has been helping to fill this role since 1970 and today, we have over 300 CIH Volunteers who bring fun and enjoyment to children in hospitals around Ireland.