Tom’s Trust is proud to introduce the Sibling Toolkit—a comprehensive 40-page manual designed for key adults offering support to the siblings of children facing cancer. Enter your details to view and download the Toolkit down below.
Childhood cancer affects numerous families in the UK, with 1,800 children newly diagnosed every year. Despite this, there is often a notable lack of support available for the brothers and sisters of the children diagnosed. This toolkit aims to empower adults to effectively support the siblings of children with cancer. Developed by our clinical psychologists who specialise in working with children with brain tumours, the toolkit brings a wealth of expertise to address the unique challenges faced by these families.
With a lack of funding given to supporting the mental wellbeing of families facing cancer, this toolkit will help key workers and friends and families in these siblings’ lives where formal psychological support is not available. This adult might be someone who already knows the sibling through their school, such as a teacher, teaching assistant, school counsellor, or head of year. It might be another person who works with children out of school, such as a youth worker, social worker, or activity group leader. Some of this toolkit might be useful for family members or relatives to use alongside siblings. There are many activities provided within the toolkit to enable key adults to communicate well with these children and help them to explore their feelings.
This toolkit has been developed by clinical psychologists working with children and families affected by brain tumour. We thank each individual for the time and expertise they have contributed to this resource.
A message from Tom’s Trust’s Co-Founder, Debs Mitchell:
Sibling Toolkit launch event