CLIC Sargent launches Outreach Information Resource

CLIC Sargent has launched an online information resource for health professionals, social care professionals and education staff who support children and teens with cancer in the community. 

The CLIC Sargent Outreach Information Resource, developed in partnership with Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG), provides bite-size, easy-to-read information on a wide range of topics that help support a child with cancer and their family.

Who's it for?

The resource can also be used to support professionals coming into hospital cancer services for the first time in their career and who need foundation level information to support their education. It may also be useful for families and young people, friends and neighbours or anyone supporting the child at clubs or leisure activities.

This online resource was developed following needs identified originally through the CLIC Sargent Key Worker project in Scotland, and as a result the Scotland resource was developed in 2014. That led to calls for a UK wide resource and we supported its further development in 2016 via Stavros Niarchos funding.

Jeanette Hawkins, Assistant Director, Health Service Relationships and NHS Partnerships at CLIC Sargent, said: “The ultimate aim is to support families’ experience of safe care closer to home.

“We are providing tools for people who are not cancer specialists to feel more confident supporting children with cancer at home, in school and in local hospitals, offering an additional bridge between specialist and local services.

“All the caring people in a local community who want to know how best to help and support a child with cancer and their family. People who may be concerned about saying or doing the 'right thing' or who may think you need specialist expert knowledge to help and do not feel confident enough. If you are on this list, we’re here to help.”

Ashley Gamble, Executive Director at Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group, said: “We're delighted to have been able to support CLIC Sargent to provide this excellent resource. Many professionals will be involved in the care of children with cancer, not all of whom will consider themselves specialists, so this resource will help them to feel more confident in supporting children in their local community, ultimately improving the care that all children with a cancer diagnosis receive.”