A cancer diagnosis can be a difficult time for adults and can also have a profound effect on children and young people.

Clan welcomes referrals from health, education, social work or other relevant agencies

Children & Family Services available in:


At Clan we offer a dedicated, confidential service through our team of support workers for children, young people and families. Through its work, the team aims to provide information, listen to the individual, and allow children and young people to explore their difficult feelings in a safe and secure environment.

We aim to

  • Support children and young people emotionally
  • Build resilience
  • Support family communication and understanding of children and young people's needs
  • Reduce Isolation

Support is offered at Clan House in our dedicated space for young people or outwith the centre. Our team regularly visit individual’s homes or schools depending on each situation. Team members are also based at Mintlaw, Elgin, Orkney and Shetland.

Clients can make an appointment or are welcome to drop in to the local centres to find out more.

For more information about our Children & Family support service please contact the team by calling 01224 647000, email cfs@clancancersupport.org, or fill out our referral form below.

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What we offer

  • Family support
  • Individual work
  • Joint work between parents/carers and their children
  • Pre and post bereavement work
  • Advice to professionals
  • Talks and presentations about the service
  • Group work opportunities for children and teens
  • Access to resources including relevant books for children and teens

We can see young people at a Clan Support & Wellbeing centre, at home, at school or at any other suitable community setting.

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Who we work with

  • Children and young people up to the age of 18 and their families
  • Children and young people when they have been affected by cancer - whether they know someone who has a diagnosis of cancer, or have a diagnosis themselves
  • Children and young people who have been bereaved because of cancer
  • Professionals working with children and young people affected by cancer

Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital

Clan Cancer Support provides its support services at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (RACH), enabling children and families affected by cancer to access free emotional support and NHS aligned complimentary therapies.

Clan's team will be at RACH on the following dates in 2023:

Tuesday 4th April 9am -1pm

Tuesday 25th April 9am -1pm

Tuesday 16th May 9am - 1pm

Thursday 8th June 1pm- 5pm

Tuesday 27th June 9am -1pm

Thursday 20th July 9am -1pm

Tuesday 8th August 9am-1pm

Thursday 31st August 1pm -5pm

Tuesday 19th Sept 9am -1pm

Thursday 12th October 9am -1pm

Tuesday 31st October 9am-1pm

Thursday 23rd Nov 1pm- 5pm

Tuesday 12th Dec 9am -1pm

Thursday 21st Dec 1pm - 5pm

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