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Talking to children and young people about illness and death is important for their mental health.

 STEP BY STEP GUIDES FOR talking about Illness 

Please click on these links for free access:

for Healthcare Professionals

Animation for how to talk to patients about the importance of telling children about serious illness


A four step guide to help you talk to your patients about telling children

for Families 

A step-by-step guide to talk to children about an adult's serious illness

A short reminder about how much children notice when someone they love is unwell 

A film about why it is important to talk to children about illness and death



Our team

Questions and Feedback

If you have any questions about the resources provided, or require different formats/language versions please get in touch with a member of the team. 

We would like to thank Dr Helen Griffiths, Dr Brenda Kelly, Dr Shaun Wilson, Dr Virginia Davies, Dr Sally Hope, Dr Matthew Hotton, Cecilia Hoegfeldt, Julia Ruiz Pozuelo, Helena Channon-Wells, Gemma Brock and Suzy Shepherd for their support, contributions and insight.

Generous funding for the staff animation was provided by Oxford Hospitals Charity

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