Paediatric Palliative Care (PPC) is a relatively new and often misunderstood medical speciality. In contrast to adult palliative care, which has it's foundations in oncology care, PPC focus on enhancing the quality of life for children and young people.

Music therapy has been a core family-centred holistic care service at Haven House Children’s Hospice since 2010. The service aims to address the unique and individual needs of the child as well as support the psychosocial and emotional needs of the family. This report highlights the development of the music therapy service within an expanding organisation over the past eight years and describes the introduction of a new parent-infant music therapy group, ‘Wriggles and Rhymes’. The rationale and perceived benefits of offering therapeutic group work in a children’s hospice are presented, with a focus on the ways in which the diverse needs of this clinical population were met within the sessions.

Read the full report - Wriggles and rhymes: Developing a parent and infant music therapy group at Haven House Children's Hospice.

Authors:

Helen Mottram and Maeve Rigney