Acorns Care Education team ensures that all staff caring for children and supporting their families have the right skills to ensure safe and effective care.  This ranges from ensuring compliance with routine mandatory training such as fire and infection control to bespoke training to meet the clinical needs of individual children.

Care education at Acorns is offered through a range of media including face to face, virtual classrooms and e-learning delivered using internal expertise or by accessing a wide range of reputable and reliable external resources.  Much of the education material is developed in partnership with; other children’s hospices, NHS providers, Universities, other charities, and medical equipment company representatives.

We also have access to honorary contracts with NHS partners to access additional clinical skills experience with a child or young person where there are plans for them to access hospice for a longer-term placement.

Acorns is happy to share information regarding current care education packages and competencies.

Get in touch with the Care Education team by emailing

Some courses are accessible to external professionals.

Current training opportunities 

There are no current external training opportunities available but please contact the Care Education Department on with any specific enquiries. 

Shared training resources

Please utilise these tools in your own Children’s Palliative Care teams.

Paediatric palliative care sepsis screening tools

Linked articles & research



Paediatric Palliative Care Sepsis Screening Tools: (To be Printed as A4 Documents) 

Paediatric Palliative Care Observation Charts: (To be Printed as A3 Documents) 

  • Acorns Children’s Hospice (2020) Paediatric Palliative Care Observation Chart, age under 1yrs, 1-5yrs, 5-12yrs & 12+. Acorns Children’s Hospice, Wythall, 

The ABCDE Approach for Hospice Services Poster: (To be Printed as A4 Documents) 

  • Acorns Children’s Hospice (2020) The Recognition and Treatment of an Unwell Child/Young Person – The A.B.C.D.E Approach Poster. Acorns Children’s Hospice, Wythall, 

SBAR Handover: The Acutely Unwell Child (To be Printed as A4 Documents) 

  • Acorns Children’s Hospice (2020) SBAR Handover: The Care of the Acutely Unwell Child. Acorns Children’s Hospice, Wythall, 

The ABCDE Assessment Post Learning Leaflet (To be printed A4 Documents) 

  • Williams, G. (2022) ABCDE Assessment Post Learning Leaflet. Acorns Children’ Hospice, Wythall.