Some families may use the hospice for many years, from the time the child is first diagnosed as having an incurable condition which will mean they will die in childhood. The whole family can stay at our hospices, and with a dedicated sibling support service available, this means that the well brothers and sisters can be cared for during their visit and enjoy spending time with other children in similar situations to their own.

The support we give extends to the whole family, into bereavement and beyond for as long as each family needs us. With more than one thousand life-limited children across the South West, our support for families is absolutely vital.


Our safeguarding policy - children first and foremost

Children’s Hospice South West puts children first. Everyone working for us is absolutely committed to ensuring the comfort, well-being and safety of all the children, young people and brothers and sisters who we care for.

We are all interested in what children want from our service and will listen to their views, and those of their families, about how we can improve.

All of our staff and volunteers recognise and accept their duty to safeguard children and to protect them from harm. We will act without hesitation if we believe that the safety or well-being of any child is at risk.

Read our safeguarding policy 

Our promise to children

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.

Willingham family siblings

Family stories

Read some of the experiences that our families have shared with us.



We hold teenage focused weekends, giving them the opportunity to stay without their families.

Care team stories

Staff stories

Our hospice staff explain why they love working at Children's Hospice South West.

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