Purpose of the PEProgram

Children can be traumatised by healthcare experiences. They are subjected to an environment which they do not understand, nor have any control over. They are faced with many unfamiliar sights, sounds and smells and they must undergo frightening and often painful procedures.

The aim of this program is to empower Parents, Professionals and Youth Workers involved in the care of these children so that they can optimally support children when faced with painful challenges, illness and/or healthcare experiences. Information provided can be used to prepare children for different healthcare experiences and to help them understand what is happening to them.

Our recent challenge is to support children during the COVID-19 pandemic. You will find a number of resources at the link below:

More Info on COVID-19

Recipient of the 2019 IASP Developing Countries Project

PEProgram, together with the non-profit organisation JellyBeanz, received a grant from the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Developing Countries Project: Initiative for Improving Pain Education for the project: PEP-Talks for nursing students on pain in children. Workshops were held at nursing education facilities across Gauteng. When the COVID-19 lockdown prevented these workshops, videos were created for distribution to nursing education facilities across the country.

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What PEProgram can do for you

– Empowering through information –

What is happening across the world?

Association for the well being of children in healthcare (AWCH)
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European Association for Children in Hospital (EACH)
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National Association of Health Play Specialists - UK
child life council usa
Association of Child Life Professionals - USA

Latest information

Helping children understand healthcare encounters



Blood Disorders



Covid – 19



Medical procedures



Children rights

Special needs

Spiritual care

Trauma & Disaster


What people say about PEP-talks

It was very informative…

Adequate time for input and discussions…

The passion and knowledge of the presenter stand out…

It is great to understand the different types of pain and how the body reacts to it…

I wish there can be many more training of this sort…

I learned to practically use the theory in actual situations…

I got so many new ideas that I can implement…

I am truly inspired…

Empower a child today

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children”
Nelson Mandela (8 May 1995)