Support for parents diagnosed with cancer
The most effective way to support a child affected by parental cancer is to adopt a comprehensive approach which involves parental engagement. Establishing a positive working relationship with the child’s parents will directly affect the child.
Use your judgement. Some families will not appreciate you interfering, but others are at a loss and will welcome a focus in supporting their child.
Schools are a mixture of diverse cultural groups, with families having different values and beliefs about health care. These differences will affect how they understand cancer, and influence how information is shared.
What the parent is experiencing
The effects of cancer and the side effects can vary significantly.
How to talk to parents
Ideas for discussions to have with the parents
Support for the family
There are many ways to suppor a child who is affected.
When a parent has terminal cancer
Creating space to talk if the child wants to