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Pain can sometimes seem like an ‘uninvited guest’ or ‘intruder’ into family life. Here you will find resources to help families to team up on pain together.

Children with chronic pain
Chronic pain is about as common among children as it is among adults. At any one time between 15% and 35% of school-age children may be affected by chronic pain. Yet the 2008 Chief Medical Officer’s Report warned that children’s pain is often neglected – perhaps because it is still seen as an adult problem.

Chronic pain in children can impact on many areas of everyday life including:

  • School and work (for older children)
  • Social life
  • Family relationships

Airing Pain 118: Pain Management in Young People

October 1, 2019
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Transcript – Programme 103: Pain and Relationships

July 26, 2019
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How pain’s unpredictability can affect interpersonal relationships, and recognising help when it appears. This edition of Airing Pain is funded by the JTH Charitable Trust and the Persula Foundation. To listen to this programme, please click here. Prefer a PDF? Click here. With between one third and one half of people living with ...

Transcript – Airing Pain 99: Transition Services for Adolescents with Chronic Pain

February 18, 2019
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Exploring the challenges and successes that patients, parents and healthcare professionals encounter when pain in adolescents To listen to this programme, please click here. Prefer a PDF?Download This edition was funded by a grant by the Agnes Hunter Trust Going through adolescence can be a difficult process for anyone, but for ...

Parenting a child or young person with chronic pain

August 11, 2016
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Click on the image below to read and download the full PDF leaflet. Please note: This leaflet has just been revised and is in the process of being redesigned and reprinted. This PDF is the previous version. To read an up-to-date version of the text then click here.   Parenting ...