Who we help

We support children and young people who have a confirmed life-limiting or life-threatening condition.

The service is offered to children and young people from birth – 25 years, living within the East Midlands. We are also able to support families antenatally.
Referrals can be made by anyone involved with the child and family, including the family themselves.

Emergency referrals for palliative or end-of-life care can be made at any time. We do everything we can to respond very quickly.

How to refer

Children and young people can access Rainbows services if they: –

  • have a degenerative condition that will lead to their death before or during early adulthood;
  • are currently palliative and/or are likely to die within 1 year or their medical team would not be surprised if they died within a year.;
  • have a current oncology diagnosis and are receiving active treatment and/or are palliative and/or are likely to die in the next 1 year;

Referrals can be made by anyone involved with the child, young person or family, including the family themselves. We’ll then obtain the information we need from the child’s/young person’s GP and consultant. One of our nurses will be in touch with the family to tell them about us and learn more about the child/young person.

Your referral matters to us

To speak to someone about referring a child, call: 01509 638 000 or download the referral form and return it to us via referrals@rainbows.co.uk

Do you have further questions? We’re here to help

A young child receiving complementary therapy at Rainbows

Our commitment to children and young people

We have a strong culture and awareness of safeguarding which is key to all work undertaken at both the hospice and within all associated areas and environments with children; young people; families; visitors; staff and volunteers.

Not only do we provide a safe environment through our CQC registration and Governance process, but we actively support the Six Principles of Safeguarding which are: Protection; Prevention; Partnership; Proportionate; Empowerment and Accountability.