Information for Children and Parents

The information materials on this page are for children and young people. Whatever the reason you are visiting these pages, we hope that you will find something interesting and that you enjoy reading.

RCoA information materials for children and young people

These materials have been created especially for young people. Hundreds of young people and children from the age of 4 upwards have helped a team of parents, play specialists, nurses and doctors write the leaflets. 

There are three short leaflets, all in different styles, and a web guide for young adults. Choose the one that appeals to you – or read them all if you want to! There are several versions so that you can either read them online or print them off to look at later. 


RCoA information for parents and carers of children having an anaesthetic

The following are also useful leaflets for parents, which can help you understand what to expect and what choices you may be able to make together.


Information materials from other sources

The leaflets below were originally prepared by individual anaesthetists for the use of patients in their own hospitals and they are now recognised by the College as useful for wider distribution. The RCoA has not been directly involved in their production and because of this we cannot formally endorse them. However, we can acknowledge the leaflets as meeting the basic RCoA general standards for good quality patient information as set out in the book Raising the Standard: Information for Patients (RCoA, 2003) developed by the Clinical Quality Directorate and the The Lay Committee


Guidance on submitting new leaflets for approval

We would like to invite anaesthetists from every specialty to send us well designed, evidence based leaflets, written with proper patient consultation, for inclusion on our website. Further information on the processes involved can be found here.

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