Every year around 400 children in the UK will have a stroke. Whatever age you are, when stroke strikes, a quick diagnosis and correct treatment is vital to increase your chance of surviving a stroke and to reduce your chance of having a disability after a stroke.

Families have told that us that too few professionals know that stroke can occur in children, meaning that it can take a long time to get a diagnosis and the long-term support they need.

That’s why we have supported the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health (RCPCH) to develop new clinical guidelines for childhood stroke. The guidelines, which will push up the standard of care, clearly state:

  • The FAST test should be used to diagnose a stroke in children.
  • A brain scan should be carried out within one hour of admission for every child with a suspected stroke.
  • Rehabilitation should be discussed at the point of diagnosis and should continue for as long as the child needs it.

A version for parents and families (also available in Welsh) has also been produced, which highlights the different types of stroke, the signs, and the potential effects. If your child has had a stroke, we also offer a range of resources and support.

This work would not have been possible without the generosity of our supporters and, in particular, The Thompson Family Charitable Trust.

You can also download the full recommendations or a summary of key recommendations.