Home Education and children Special educational needs and disability Health Caring for terminally ill children Terminally ill children can be cared for in hospital, at home or in a children’s hospice. Care for terminally ill people and their families includes ‘palliative care’. What is palliative careEnd of life care includes 'palliative care'. If you have an illness that can't be cured, palliative care makes you as comfortable as possible to help you live with its effects.The aims of palliative care are to:control pain and other distressing symptomshelp patients and families cope with the psychological effects and emotional upset caused by the illnesshelp patients and families deal with any social or practical problems of the situationhelp people to deal with spiritual questions which may arise from their illnesssupport families and friends in their bereavementPalliative care isn't just for the end of life. You may receive palliative care earlier in your illness, while you are still receiving other therapies to treat your condition.In hospitalAsk to speak to the palliative care team in the hospital your child is in. Palliative care teams in hospitals usually include:specialist nurses - also called Macmillan nursesconsultants specialist registrarsThe Teenage Cancer Trust has special units to care for young people at:Leicester Royal Infirmary – 13 to 24 year oldsNottingham City Hospital – 19 to 24 year oldsNottingham Queen’s Medical Centre – on the Children’s Oncology WardAt homeAsk your GP (doctor) to put you in touch with the palliative care nurse (sometimes called Macmillan nurses or LOROS community nurses).Children’s hospiceRainbows Hospice takes children and young people from across the east Midlands. You can refer your child – you don’t need a doctor to do it. Other places to get information and helpSearch the Together for Short Lives directory for information and help including:bereavement counselling community nursingwish fulfilment Help us improve this page Hide content Was this page helpful? Yes It was helpful, but Helpful but, please select a reason Please select a reasonthere's a broken link it's hard to understand it's incorrect it's outdated it's too long Other No No, please select a reason Please select a reasonit didn't answer my question it's not detailed enough it's hard to understand it's incorrect it's outdated it's too long Other Details Email address We’ll only use this to ask for more detail if we need to.