Every year Facing the World is referred hundreds of cases of children whose condition is serious and often life threatening. We review these cases and seek to find the most effective treatment for each child.
Initially we contact local partner organisations to see if the child can be treated in their own country. If there is no option for treatment then plans will be made for the child to come to London. This decision is not taken lightly as taking a child and their guardian out of the home environment can be disruptive to family life and education.
Once in London, we introduce families to people from their own community, who not only act as translators, but also provide crucial emotional and social support.
The seriousness of the medical conditions can require multiple procedures and patients can stay in London for three to six months. During this time Facing the World makes sure that, where appropriate, children have access to schooling.
From the time the child and their guardian return home, we remain in contact with the family to ensure not only that the child has access to the best medical support, but that help is provided for their future wellbeing.
Working with our established network of local partner charities means that we can ensure that patients and their families have access to support on their return. We can also monitor their progress and help when needed.