Caring Child


for a child with a life-limiting illness 

Caring for a child or young adult with a life-limiting illness

Caring for a child with a life-limiting illness is tremendously challenging and can feel completely overwhelming at times, but there is support available to help both your child and you as a carer.


You will find more information on the caring page, regarding a carer's assessment, general support providers and financial assistance you may be entitled to.


Below you will find useful contacts of support organisations that focus specifically on caring for children and to help ensure that you can maintain the best quality of life possible, despite the difficult challenges you have to face. You may also want to visit the coping with grief - adults page on this site, which details bereavement organisations that help adults and families with the trauma of losing or having lost a child.  


Local Authorities 


Children's Services Leicester City

0116 454 1004

Children’s Service’s Leicestershire County Council

0116 232 3232

Rutland County Council - Children's Social Care

01572 722577

General Support


0116 2543491 or email


Together for short lives 

0808 8088 100


Rainbow community services


Diana Community Children’s Service

Provides a variety of services to support children and young people up to 18 years old with nursing needs within the community setting. Services include acute and ongoing care, continuing care, end of life care, Macmillan nursing, respiratory physiotherapy, child and family support, multi-cultural support and training.

0116 295 5080

Maggie's Centres 

Emotional support for people with cancer and their families (meetings and also online support), and those bereaved through cancer (groups in Nottingham). Groups and individual support.  

LOROS bereavement and counselling service

Offering one to one and group counselling and support.

0116 231 3771 provides support to both adults and children)

Let's Talk

Psychological care, offers clinics in many places across the City, please state where you would prefer to be seen. Contact GP for referral or complete an online self-referral form


The Shama Centre

Offers free bereavement counselling support for men women and families with special emphasis on minority ethnic communities. They have multi-lingual staff and a 'Bereavement to Achievement' scheme for women.

0116 262 5876 to book a confidential counselling session

0116 251 4747 for general enquiries 

The Mix

Essential support for under 25s

0808 808 4994

My adult is still my child

Information for families transitioning into adult services:


Rainbows Children’s Hospice Loughborough

01509 638 000