Young People’s Service

Children's Service

Our Young People’s Service offers specialist support to children and young people up to the age of 18, whose lives have been affected by cancer. This includes those who have had cancer themselves, as well as those who have been affected by the illness within the family. The service also works with young people who are bereaved.

As well as offering one-to-one sessions to young people, our Therapists offer advice and support to parents and carers who are looking for guidance in supporting young people affected by a diagnosis, and in managing change in the family.

Our Young People’s Service is provided by a team of experienced Therapists, who use a wide range of approaches to enable young people to explore their difficult feelings in a safe and creative environment. Our Therapists are qualified in Counselling, Psychotherapy, Art Therapy, Non Directive Play Therapy and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Our Therapists have knowledge of child development, attachment theory and developmental trauma to inform their approach to supporting families at Cavendish Cancer Care.


The therapy sessions are tailored to suit the developmental needs of the young people. We offer short term therapeutic support of up to ten sessions in total, including an initial parent consultation and towards the end, a review meeting. Sometimes it is appropriate to work with a child and their parent or carer together in therapy, where the parent or carer works in partnership with the Therapist to support the process.

We believe our Young People’s Service is unique; a number of organisations in the region support children who have a diagnosis of cancer, however, to our knowledge, none offers a wrap around service such as ours. For this reason, although our primary catchment area is North Derbyshire and South Yorkshire, we have supported families from as far away as Nottingham, Lincoln and Cleethorpes. For more information on our service please see our Young People’s Service Leaflet.

We are extremely grateful and proud to receive the support of BBC Children in Need towards the costs of providing our Young People’s Service.

Young People’s Stories

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