Girl being looked after by nurse

What we do

We are a leading children’s cancer charity and the UK and Ireland’s professional association for those involved in the treatment and care of children with cancer.

CCLG is the only organisation which brings together all professionals working within childhood cancer to share expertise and knowledge to improve treatments and patient care. Our ultimate aim is to cure as many children as possible while reducing the side effects of treatment.  

We are the central hub for childhood cancer through the specialist expertise of our member. We are:

  • A professional association. Through our membership activities, we provide an active forum for professionals to work together to share best practice and advance education and professional development. Members are able to network with both national and international colleagues for advice and support and receive information and vital updates on specific diseases and treatments. This ensures every child with cancer receives the best possible treatment and care available wherever they live.
  • A professional voice and expert advisers to Government for children and young people with cancer. We advise government policy and work with other bodies and ensure that we are represented on important groups or are involved in consultations that will affect treatment and care of children and young people.
  • A research funder. We offer funds and grants to research communities to discover new treatment methods and help push the boundaries to find ways of curing cancer. We also support biological research through the CCLG Tissue Bank.
  • An award-winning patient information producer. Our extensive, award-winning, publications portfolio ensures that essential information and support is available to families free of charge at a very difficult and distressing time. We also publish Contact, a free quarterly magazine for families of children and young people with cancer.

CCLG members Dr Martin English and Dr Steve Lowis explain the role of CCLG

Without the CCLG, I don't think I could do my job as well as I do. By sharing our experiences, we can improve patient care. Without CCLG, children's cancer would get lost within the NHS.

Dr Nicola Thorp, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre