Spiritual care resources
This page contains resources for anyone interested in finding out more about spiritual care activities with children, including suggestions for activities and research carried out in this field. We are always looking to add to this list, so please contact us if you have a resource that you would like to share.
Supporting Families with Sick Children by Rachel Hill-Brown
This booklet explores some of the challenges for church ministers and pastoral teams of supporting families through having a child with a serious illness or disability. It includes theological issues which may arise, and offers examples, principles of good practice, practical ideas and creative ways of helping families, the wider community and schools as they journey through the ups and downs, joys and tribulations associated with this situation.
"Supporting families through some of the hardest moments of their lives is a privilege which needs to be approached with sensitivity that matches the fragility of the situation"
To order a copy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BCH chaplaincy team may be able to provide some training for those who would like help supporting families. Please email email@example.com to discuss possibilities and costs.
Spiritual care activities
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We have various spiritual care activities which we have developed for use with sick children and young people who are in hospital:
Useful books, articles and resources:
- 10 key books relating to spiritual care
- Open access journal articles
- Dissertations and theses
- Notes from a spiritual care journal club (meeting one)
- King's College London's annotated list of healthcare databases
- Caring for the Human Spirit magazine with a special section on Paediatrics
- Bridging the Gap: Strengthening relations between hospices and Muslims of Britain - report by the Woolf Institue
- A list of resources for multidisciplinary team members
- A Healthy Workplace, Healthy You toolkit from the Royal College of Nursing
- The Beryl Institute and the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN)'s White Paper: ‘The Critical Role of Spirituality in Patient Experience’. Instructions for downloading a free copy are on the HCCN website
- An extract from Pooky Knightsmith's book, 'Using Poetry to Promote Talking and Healing', is available to read here. You can order a copy of the book or download a PDF of some of the poems here.
- Disability matters - free e-learning for professionals working with disabled children and young people.
2017 Multi-faith Calendar
Please click here to download our 2017 multi-faith and cultural events calendar, including links with explanations of festivals and activity ideas for celebrating them.
Red Balloon Resources
Birmingham Children's Hospital Chaplaincy Department has produced a number of resources which are available to order using the form below.
For invoice orders (invoice orders must be over £15) please use the form below to make your order from our Red Balloon Resources.
For orders under £15 please complete and return this order form by post with a cheque included.