As part of our education and awareness, we help teachers talk about cancer with young children – whether their loved one is going through it, or even if they have received a diagnosis themselves.
If you’re a teacher, you may benefit from cancer resources for kids, which have been designed for both primary and secondary schoolchildren. York Against Cancer launched a project in spring 2021 where we offered a range of free books to schools in the local area. A list of the books can be found below;
The Secret C by Julie Stokes
Badger’s Parting Gifts by Susan Varley
Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine by Diana Crossley
The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
Big Tree Is Sick by Nathalie Slosse
What Happens When Someone You Love Has Cancer by Sara Olsher
Cancer Party! by Sara Olsher
Resources for caregivers
Young people may have difficulty expressing their emotions, or coming to terms with learning that a loved one is living with cancer.
Macmillan Cancer Support has produced two guides for talking to young people about cancer:
For under-18s: A guide for young people looking after someone with cancer
For teenagers: Talking to children and teenagers when an adult has cancer
Both of these cover topics such as cancer as an illness, what it means to be a young carer, and how to cope with life after cancer, or deal with bereavement.
If a child in your care has a parent living with cancer, you may wish to refer them to Riprap. This is a website with sections on support and understanding cancer, as well as stories written by people going through the same experiences.
If a child in your school has cancer
If you are teaching a child under five years old, you will need to maintain regular contact with their health visitor to ensure they’re getting the right support.
There are also a number of services for teenagers, including cancer resources for families. Please contact us to find out more.
Talk to us
Whether you’re a primary caregiver or are just concerned about a young person, York Against Cancer is here to help. We can guide you on counselling, treatment, benefits and more. Call us on 01904 764 466 or contact us here for more information.