Enhancing the health and social wellbeing of children and young people living with HIV

Quality Standards

CHIVA are committed to supporting consistent quality practice in the health and social care services provided to children and their families living with HIV. CHIVA produce guidelines which ensure that knowledge about best practice concerned with the care of children with HIV is available to all.

Quality standards support the implementation of best practice. They identify benchmarks which organisations can use to measure, assess and develop their services against. They also support an outcomes based evaluation process for services. 

CHIVA have completed several documents relating to children's knowledge of their HIV.

The CHIVA position statement  'CHIVA statement: Children and HIV knowledge' expresses CHIVA’s position concerning children’s knowledge about their HIV, as agreed by all members of the CHIVA executive committee.

The quality standard: 'Open and honest practice when working with children’ (read here) was produced  for professionals working with HIV positive children and their families outside of the health clinic setting.

It examines published materials and practice experience and sets out a framework of understanding in relation to children's knowledge of HIV.

The standard promotes professional practice with children which supports them having access to direct, clear information about their HIV and encourages increased opportunities for children to have conversations about HIV. The standard includes aims and indicators as benchmarks which organisations can work towards meeting, at a ‘basic’ and more ‘developed’ practice level. The standard enables organisations to examine and assess their current practice around supporting children’s knowledge of their HIV and identify where practice can be improved.

Health professionals in particular should be directed to:

CHIVA practice guidance for health professionals on talking to children about health and HIV: conversations and approaches to enhance understanding and wider disclosure.

This guidance supports conversations with children about HIV to happen as early as possible. It considers approaches to these conversations and factors that influence successful communication with children as well as the process of building more understanding over time, and how obstacles to understanding may be overcome.