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.

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How to talk to parents

Ideas for discussions to have with the parents

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Support for the family

There are many ways to suppor a child who is affected.

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When a parent has terminal cancer

Creating space to talk if the child wants to

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