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Information for families

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

Who we care for

We care for children and young people 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 your child and your whole family - this may include some smaller pets too (e.g hamsters and guinea pigs!). We have plenty of spacious accommodation for parents, brothers and sisters, and everyone is welcome to make use of all the play and leisure activities at our hospices.

The care we provide

The Care Team

Our Care Teams at each hospice, led by a Head of Care, is made up of people with many different professional and personal backgrounds, but all share a commitment to working with children, young people and their families, and a wide experience of caring for children and young people. The Care Team work a shift system to ensure there is good continuity of care and a balance of different staff on all shifts, day or night. The range of personal backgrounds and professional expertise in our team is to help us meet the variety of individual needs each child and family will have and to ensure families from all walks of life feel comfortable.


Medical support led by our Medical Director, is provided by a team of local GPs and paediatricians who will work in consultation with your own doctors. One of these doctors will visit our hospice each day and provide medical cover on a 24 hour basis, 365 days a year.

Boy with smiling mum

Our Charter

Our families are at the centre of everything we do.  Our Charter outlines our commitments to our families during their time with us.  

How we maintain our standards

Children's Hospice South West is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  The CQC is the independent regulator of health and social care in England with an aim to improve and maintain better standards of care.    

Read our most recent CQC inspection reports