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Palliative and End-Of-Life Care: Children's Palliative Care

Collection of information sources and resources on Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Children's Palliative Care


This page provides an overview on resources and organisations related to palliative care provision for children with life limiting conditions 

Children's Palliative Care Organisations

IAPC Children's Palliative Care Special Interest Group (SIG) 

Multidisciplinary group with over 30 members representing healthcare organisations providing care to children with life limiting conditions.   

Laura Lynn - Ireland's Children's Hospice

Laura Lynn provide palliative care and support for children and young people with life limiting conditions and their families   

Irish Hospice Foundation - Children's Palliative Care 

Overview of IHF initiatives for children's palliative care including hospice homecare for children and details of the children's outreach nurses. 

Jack & Jill Foundation 

Irish charity providing home respite care to children with life limiting conditions and their families  

Together for Short Lives

Uk Charity for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and those who care for and support them. Their site features research and resources for healthcare professionals working with children with life limiting conditions. 



Books on children's palliative care

Children's Palliative Care - eHospice Updates

  International Children's Palliative Care Network delivers the children's palliative care edition of the eHospice bulletin. 


Policies & Documents - Ireland

A review of the Children’s Palliative Care Programme jointly developed by the Irish Hospice Foundation and HSE to enable provision of care for children with life limiting illnesses . 
Overview document developed by the National Development Committee for Children’s Palliative Care (NDC) was established by the Health Service Executive in in 2010. The NDC oversees the implementation of the recommendations contained within the national policy for children’s palliative care through collaborative action. This document highlights the achievements, challenges and future plans for the development of children’s palliative care services in Ireland.

The first needs assessment of Children's palliative care needs, jointly conducted by the Department of Health and Children and the Irish Hospice Foundation. This needs assessment presented steps for development of a nationwide approach to palliative care services for children and adolescents.

2010 - Palliative Care for Children with Life-limiting Conditions in Ireland – A National Policy

This national policy provides a framework for developing services for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. Its recommends supporting families and health care professionals to provide home care for children with life limiting conditions. 

2013 Respite services for children with life-limiting conditions and their families in Ireland; a national needs assessment 

A review published by the Irish Hospice Foundation and Laura Lynn Children's hospice of respite facilities available to families caring for children with life limiting conditions. 

Useful websites

All Ireland Institute of Hospice & Palliative Care (AIIHPC) - Children & Young People Palliative Hub 

This is a website for carers and people involved in caring for a child or young person with palliative care needed in Ireland. This site covers everything from diagnosis and care to end-of-life care and bereavment.     

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