Young girl with dummy sat in green supportive chair on the floor, care team member is next to her wearing a mask and holding out a merry-go-round toy. In the corner of the shot is a milk pump feed set up

Children's and Young People's Care

About our care

Little Havens provides specialist care and support for babies, children and young people living with complex or incurable conditions from Essex and the surrounding boroughs. 

Most of the babies, children and young people we care for have conditions that limit their life expectancy, making it even more important for them and their families to make every day of their lives together count. 

The Little Havens team provides care and support for each child or young person and their whole family in their homes and at our hospice, in Rayleigh.

Our eligibility criteria is based on the Together For Short Lives definitions. Some children will need further assessment.

  • Conditions where curative treatment may fail
  • Conditions where premature death is inevitable
  • Progressive conditions without curative options
  • Irreversible, but non progressive conditions, causing severe disability

This list is to be used as a guide only and is not exhaustive of the eligible conditions.

young boy sat on the floor with mum playing drums, music therapist on the side playing guitar

Our care is provided absolutely free of charge.

Havens Hospices is a charity and 80% of the funds we need to care for local families are contributed by kind people like you. 



Find out how the Little Havens team can support children living with complex or incurable conditions, as well as their families.

Little Havens

Community Team

Wellbeing Care

Harry smiling with sisters next to him
Having a child with very complex needs you can feel like you are standing on the outside looking in. But going to Little Havens gives our family a space to just ‘be’. Lucy, Harry's Mum