Information for families

Family accommodation at CHSWChildren's Hospice South West's aim is to provide a home from home, with a relaxed and informal atmosphere, where sick children and their families can come for a much needed break from the ongoing strains they face at home.

The children we care for

We care for children with a wide range of disorders, too numerous to list individually. However, all the children have serious illnesses and are not expected to survive into adulthood. We will welcome not only your sick child, but your whole family - this may include some smaller pets too (e.g hamsters and guinea pigs!). We have plenty of spacious accommodation for parents and brothers and sisters, and everyone is welcome to make the use of all the play and leisure activities at our hospices.

Family short breaks at CHSWA home from home

We hope to offer friendship and support, practical help and the chance to relax in beautiful surroundings that both North Devon, North Somerset and mid-Cornwall have to offer.

We aim to encourage a family atmosphere, all those who wish to may get involved in everyday life at the hospice.

The family accommodation has a sitting room, dining room and kitchen if families prefer to cater for themselves individually rather than joining us in the main part of the house.

"Most people think of a children's hospice as a very sad place but it's nothing like that ... it as an amazing place, there were amazing facilities, the children were all happy.  

You wouldn't have realised that it was a hospice, it was more like a mix between a hotel, but a very special hotel, and a family home."

Family short breaks at CHSWReferring a child and family for support

We welcome referrals from family members whose child has been diagnosed with a life-limiting condition. With your families permission we will then contact your professional support team (GP, consultants, key workers etc) to gather up-to-date information about your child's current needs and likely future prognosis.

When all the information available is reviewed, a decision will be made about the appropriateness of hospice care for your child and family. Your family and the involved professionals will be informed of this decision without delay.

A typical period for completion of this referral process is approximately six weeks.

How we maintain our standards

Care Quality Commission

Children's Hospice South West are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  The CQC is an independent regulator of health and adult social care in England with an aim to improve and maintain better standards of care.  You can read the most recent CQC reports about each of our hospices by clicking on the link below.

Read our most recent CQC inspection reports 


How we help

At Children's Hospice South West (CHSW) we are absolutely committed to making the most of short and precious lives. The care offered at each of our hospices is not simply about medical and nursing care for sick children, but about enriching the lives of children and their families. Families talk about the 'treasure chest' of precious memories they build to carry into the future... a future which will, sadly, be without their much loved child or children.


How to refer

Referrals can be made at any time by professionals, families and friends.

Short breaks at Children's Hospice South West

Short breaks

We offer short breaks away for the whole family, for respite and relaxation.

Sibling support at Children's Hospice South West

Sibling support

Our aim is to develop and support the relationships within the family.

Emergency care

Emergency care

We provide emergency care for many families, and this can be for a number of reasons.

End of life care

End of life care

Each hospice provides end of life care, and gives families the chance to say goodbye in their own time.



Each hospice provides and bereavement support.

Contact us

Charlton Farm

Little Harbour

Little Bridge House, Devon
Redlands Road, Fremington
Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 2PZ

t: 01271 321 999

Charlton Farm, Bristol 
Charlton Drive, Wraxall
North Somerset, BS48 1PE

t: 01275 866 611

Little Harbour, Cornwall 
Porthpean Road, Porthpean
St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6AZ

t: 01726 65 555