Children and young person’s service
Our children and young person’s service offers supportive care to children and young people up to the age of 18, who are experiencing distress when a close family member has cancer. The service is managed and delivered by a team of well-qualified therapists, with many years’ experience of specialised work with children and young people in a variety of settings.
Sessions are tailored to suit the age of those seeking our help. Care is offered through a short series of individually tailored sessions using the person-centred principles which underlie all work at Cavendish Cancer Care. Sessions may be one to one with the child or young person, where we use a range of age appropriate methods to help them to explore their feelings and express their concerns. Therapeutic models used include cognitive behavioural, systemic, non-directive play therapy.
At other times a parent may be seeking help with the concerns they have about their child, and the session can then be used to help the parent to explore their options for the way forward. Giving general information about children’s developmental needs can enable parents and other carers to respond appropriately and more confidently to their children’s difficulties.
Sometimes circumstances suggest that working with a child and a parent together is the best approach.
We believe our service for children who are coping with a diagnosis of cancer in someone they are close to is unique; a number of establishments in the region will see children who have a diagnosis of cancer, but none, to our knowledge, offers a service such as ours. For this reason, although our primary catchment area is North Derbyshire and South Yorkshire, we have seen children from as far away as Nottingham, Lincoln and Cleethorpes.
We also recognise that Young People have very different needs and ways they need to address their feelings surrounding a diagnosis of cancer which is why we have produced a specific young persons leaflet.