Pioneering service for children with brain injury to expand.

The Department for Education has awarded a grant of £400,000 to the charity which runs the service.

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The Children’s Trust – the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury – will use the money to provide brain injury specialists in London, Hampshire and the West Country alongside the already existing services in South Yorkshire and East Midlands. The service has been running from Sheffield Children’s Hospital where it first started in 2010 and Nottingham Children’s Hospital for the last two years, with over 1000 children having been referred during that time. The brain injury specialists will support children and families on issues such as cognitive and communication challenges, probelsm with behaviour or social skills and emotions. Katy James, Head of Brain Injury Community Services at The Children’s Trust explained:“Brain injury can be a life changing and ongoing condition and its effects can often be hidden, which means that the challenges children face are not being recognised and go unsupported.  “In particular, children can appear to be healthy and have made a good physical recovery but are struggling with the pressures of school and relationships in the context of changes brought about by their brain injury, which in turn can lead to issues of low self-esteem and at its worst, mental health issues. “Based on our experience of working with children with brain injury, we felt it was important that local specialist support was provided by clinicians who understand the impact of acquired brain injury in children. We have found that a critical factor is early referral to the service and integrated working across the community teams, school staff and the child’s family”. Until now the service has been funded from voluntary donations and now, as a result of the DfE Grant, there are plans to establish new services in University Hospital Southampton, St George’s Hospital, London and Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Read more.
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