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Referring a child

We welcome referrals from across the region. To meet our criteria babies, children and young people need to be diagnosed with a life limiting or life threatening condition and have not yet reached their 18th birthday.

Acceptance criteria

Together for Short Lives (TfSL) divides children with palliative care needs into 4 categories:


Category 1: Life threatening conditions for which curative treatment may be feasible but can fail.

Access to palliative care services may be necessary when treatment fails or during an acute crisis, irrespective of the duration of threat to life. On reaching long term remission or following successful curative treatment there is no longer a need for palliative care services. Examples: cancer, irreversible organ failures of heart, liver, kidney.


Category 2: Conditions where premature death is inevitable.

There may be long periods of intensive treatment aimed at prolonging life and allowing participation in normal activities. Examples: cystic fibrosis, duchenne muscular dystrophy.


Category 3: Progressive conditions without curative treatment options.

Treatment is exclusively palliative and may commonly extend over many years. Examples: batten disease, mucopolysaccharidoses.


Category 4: Irreversible but non-progressive conditions causing severe disability, leading to susceptibility to health complications and likelihood of premature death.

Examples: severe cerebral palsy, multiple disabilities, such as following brain or spinal cord injury, complex health care needs, high risk of an unpredictable life threatening event or episode.

Families can be referred to us by paediatricians, GPs, social workers and community nurses or by self-referral.

If you would like to make a referral please download our referral form here and email or post to the hospice local to the family, addresses below:



We are also able to email a pdf copy of our referral form. If your referral is for end of life care, please ring the relevant hospice directly. Please note that the email addresses listed below are not monitored 24hrs a day or at the weekends. You may wish to phone the hospice to confirm that your referral has been received. To request a form, please email your nearest Acorns hospice using the email address listed below.

Acorns in Birmingham

0121 2484850

Post completed form to:

Admin Lead
Acorns in Birmingham
103 Oak Tree Lane
Selly Oak
B29 6HZ

Email form to:


Acorns in the Black Country

01922 422500

Post completed form to:

Admin Lead
Acorns in the Black Country
Walstead Road

Email form to:


Acorns for the Three Counties

01905 767676

Post completed form to:

Admin Lead
Acorns in the Three Counties
350 Bath Road

Email form to:


If you have any enquiries about our care services and would like to speak to a member of the hospice team, please contact your local hospice on the telephone number above.

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