No child with cancer left out

During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 2012, CLIC Sargent highlighted the impact of cancer on the school life of younger children.

No child with cancer left out

Our report - No child with cancer left out - looks at the impact of cancer on children of primary school age.

We conducted research with 221 parents, 60 children, 68 CLIC Sargent health and social care professionals and 17 hospital schools, using the findings to identify a range of challenges in helping children keep up with their education when off school, as well as re-integrating when they return.

Our findings

According to the report, many children feel left out and left behind when they go back to primary school after treatment for cancer.

Shockingly, more than one in three parents surveyed said their child had been bullied or teased because of the effects of treatment, such as losing their hair or gaining weight from steroid treatment.

Of the parents we surveyed:

  • 47% said their child had grown apart from friends because of their diagnosis and treatment.
  • 36% thought their child did not receive the extra help they needed to keep up with school after their diagnosis and treatment.

Looking forward

We want to ensure children of primary school age diagnosed with cancer, their family and their school have the information and support they need.

Our report includes some strong examples of good practice in supporting children to keep up with their education when they are on treatment, and how best to help them when they return to school.

We have developed guidance for professionals to help them to identify ways to ensure that children and young people with cancer receive the educational support that they need. Working in coalition with other children and young people’s charities we have helped to influence a number of policy developments.

Find out more

To find out more about the range of challenges children with cancer face when keeping up with their education - and what CLIC Sargent does to help - please download the report from the right hand side of this page. You can also download the executive summary for an overview of our findings.