The study explored the role/skills used by CCNs caring for children with chronic illness. A participant inquiry paradigm was used and data were generated using semi-structured interviews supported by extensive field notes. All the CCNs described the special relationship with the children and their families which was characterised by deep understanding of current and future needs. The CCNs emphasised 'ways of working' which involved high degrees of trust, flexibility, support, reflexivity and empowerment. CCNs help families regain, maintain and develop control over their lives.