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Children’s Advisory Council

For all the children at Erasmus MC Sophia Children’s Hospital.

Children’s Advisory Council

Why have a Children’s Advisory Council?

The Children’s Advisory Council wants the voices of all the children at Erasmus MC Sophia to be heard. The advisory council is also interested in the opinions of children who have never been to the hospital or have only experienced it as the brother or sister of a patient. They all have the right to share their opinion, experiences, needs, and ideas, so that together we can improve the care and quality at Erasmus MC Sophia.

The Board and staff of Erasmus MC greatly value the opinions of the Children’s Advisory Council and therefore carefully listen to their ideas.

Who are we?

The Children’s Advisory Council is made up of:

  • Dewi-Jill van den Heuvel (chair)
  • Margot van Genderen (vice chair)
  • Feline Hees
  • Juul Bal
  • Tom van Veen
  • Aymon-Jae van den Heuvel
  • Loubna Ettaheri
  • Parel Bras
  • Jasmijn Fiering
  • Dali Rosbach

Annelies Blom, Nicole Ackermans and Vivi Buijs are staff members at Erasmus MC Sophia and supervise the Children’s Advisory Council.

Children advisory board

What we do

We discuss everything that we think can be improved. For example:

  • The food in the hospital.
  • Contact with the physicians and nurses.
  • The layout and furnishings of the hospital.
  • Entertainment in the hospital.

Current topics

Ongoing projects and recent results.

Workshops at Erasmus MC Sophia Children’s Hospital:

Every month, we organize a workshop for children of varying ages and on different topics, for example, music and dance, creativity, sports, cooking, and multimedia.

Breakfast for parents who stay the night:

Parents who make use of the rooming-in facilities are provided with a delicious and healthy breakfast that they can enjoy together with their child.

Video on safe care:

A funny, interactive quiz shows how children and their parents can help make their hospital stay safer.

Children’s rights

Children’s rights are at the heart of everything we do. If you wish to read more on this topic, go to the website of the Kinderombudsman (Children’s Ombudsman) and the website of the Stichting Kind en Ziekenhuis (Dutch only) (Child and Hospital Foundation), under the children’s hospital charter.

Sign up!

Do you also want to make your voice heard and help to make the voices of the children at Erasmus MC Sophia heard?

Then why not sign up for the Children’s Advisory Council?

You can sign up if you:

  • Are between the ages of 10 and 18.
  • Are a patient at Erasmus MC Sophia or your brother, sister, family member, or friend is a patient at our hospital.
  • Want to do something positive for all the children at Erasmus MC Sophia.
  • Would enjoy working with other children to make their hospital stay more fun.

You can sign up by filling in our contact form below. Let us know why you wish to become a member of the Children’s Advisory Council.

Also include your name, date of birth, and address, and let us know whether you are a patient at Erasmus MC Sophia, or a brother, sister or other family member of a patient, or have no hospital experience but would like to do something for our children’s hospital. The chairperson of the Children’s Advisory Council or one the supervisors will contact you.

You may have additional questions, or we may have some questions for you. You can always come to one of our meetings. The chairperson can help you decide whether you wish to join.

Becoming a member is voluntary, which means you will not get payment for helping. Of course, we will pay for your travel costs or parking fee.

Any questions or comments?

Please contact our office.

Contact form