Referrals for families

Information on the services we provide and how you can refer a family for our support.

WellChild Nurses

WellChild Nurses are employed directly by their local NHS Trusts. Referrals for their support should be made by the child’s lead health professional, often a paediatrician or GP.

WellChild Family Tree

The WellChild Family Tree is a growing network of families from across the UK, all of whom have children with complex health needs. Through a private Facebook group, face-to-face meet ups, family events and newsletters, the WellChild Family Tree is a peer-to-peer support network that enables parents to connect, feel included, supported and listened to.

Home and garden improvements

WellChild Helping Hands works with teams of corporate volunteers to deliver practical and life-changing home improvement projects across the UK for children and young people with complex health needs.

Due to high demand we are currently unable to accept new applications for our Helping Hands home and garden improvement programme.

Information Hub

A library of information about looking after a child with complex needs, from condition management and hospital discharge to transition to adult services and everything in between.

Better at Home Suite

Similar to the WellChild Nurse programme all Better at Home training resources are managed directly by the NHS Trust where they are based. Referrals for training support must be made by a health professional.


Medicines for Children

Medicines for Children is a website providing practical and reliable advice for parents and carers about giving medications to their child. Produced by WellChild, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group (NPPG), the site contains independently endorsed information on a range of medicines and answers questions such as:

  • How and when to give your child their medicine?
  • What to do if you give too little, or too much?
  • Any possible side-effects?

Parent/carers can read or watch short films about giving different forms of medicines, including tablets, capsules, liquid medicine, injections, suppositories and enemas, eye drops/ointment and ear drops.