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Hospice care for children

Children's hospices provide care and support for children and young people up to 18-years-old who have life-threatening or life-limiting conditions, and their families.
Are you worried about the safety or welfare of a child or an adult?

If you think someone may be in immediate danger, call 999. Otherwise:

Support in hospices is available from the point of diagnosis, through day-to-day family life and at times of crisis and bereavement.

Charity funded hospices offer various care and support including:

  • respite care
  • family support
  • family events and siblings groups
  • transition to adulthood
  • end-of-life care
  • bereavement support.

There may be access to therapies, for example art and music, hydrotherapy pool and sensory rooms. Staff at hospices are qualified professionals and volunteers.

Referrals can be made direct to hospices by anyone, including family members. Written consent will be required from a parent or carer with parental responsibility before referrals can be progressed.

Useful websites

Hospice UK

Demelza South East London 

Child Bereavement Trust

Together for short lives

Acorns - Care for children 



Kaleidoscope Child Development Centre, 32 Rushey Green, London, SE6 4JF

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