Children’s palliative care networks have the potential to ensure that the right people work together, sharing best practice and planning services effectively.


Together for Short lives recognises the key role local, regional and national children's palliative care networks play in planning and delivering equitable and high standards of care, support and services to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families.

Children’s palliative care networks across the UK work in different ways but all bring together professionals and organisations from across the children’s palliative care sector, and other stakeholders, to work together in a co-ordinated way, cutting across organisational boundaries.

In order to improve and enhance understanding of the needs of children with life-shortening conditions, local networks, jointly developed with local authorities and children’s trusts, can be an effective model of service provision. Regional networks drawing together local networks can provide strategic leadership to enable services to be operationally relevant and efficient.

As part of its overall strategy, Together for Short lives is committed to ensuring high standard, equitable care for all children and families through supporting children’s palliative care networks and by hosting regular networks summit meetings.

Use the links on the left to find out about network activity in different parts of the UK.