Who speaks for the children?



  • It would probably be a truism to say that most professional nurses consider patient/client advocacy to be an essential component of their role—indeed, there is a UKCC Advisory paper (Exercising Accountability, 1989), which categorically states that this is so. ‘The introductory paragraphs of the Code of Professional Conduct, together with several of its clauses, include clearly the expectation that the practitioner will accept a role as an advocate on behalf of his or her patients/clients.’
  • Some professional nurses, however, consider advocacy to be too altruistic an activity and prefer to leave it to others.