Together for Short Lives
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Changing lives

Too many families struggle to get the lifeline care they need. That’s why we champion and campaign for children’s palliative care services and professionals, to help children get the best support possible.

Speaking up for children and families

We raise awareness and understanding about childhood death and campaign for policy change, standing alongside families to make sure they get the vital care and help that they need.

Campaigning for change

Too many families caring for seriously ill children struggle to get the care they need, and often face an unfair postcode lottery of support. That’s why we’re pressing government and policy makers to change things – so no family is left behind.

Policy and influence

We want to build a strong and sustainable children’s palliative care sector, and help to join up policy, services, care and support so that every family can have access to specialist children’s palliative care services when and where they need it.

Supporting care professionals

We provide core care pathways, resources and best practice, and share the latest research to help professionals offer the best care to families they can

Sharing, learning and networking

Our networks and events bring together professionals from across health, social care and education to develop and share best-practice

Professional events

Browse upcoming conferences, courses and training opportunities for professionals working in the children’s palliative care sector.

Unlocking Potential: The key to quality children's palliative care

7th September, 2022

Join us in Manchester for the Together for Short Lives 2022 national conference.  

Jobs in palliative care

Browse the latest jobs and volunteering opportunities for professionals working in the children’s palliative care sector.

Supporting Hands Assistant

Closing date
Closing date: 27th June, 2022

The role of Supporting Hands Assistant is in place to work alongside the Supporting Hands Coordinator and Head of Family...

Developing services

We raise vital funds to support children’s hospices through our National Fundraising Scheme, and to support innovative projects to develop and improve children’s palliative care services.

Transition to adult services

Every young person with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition deserves a smooth transition to adult services.

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Our Transition programme

Find out about our work to support and develop work towards better transitions for young people.

Responding to Coronavirus

The Covid-19 crisis has forced children’s palliative care services to rapidly change the ways the deliver support to children and families

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Sharing new practice

We’re working with services to share new and innovative care practice across the sector

Fundraising for children's palliative care

Children’s hospices and other local services on average have to generate around four fifths of their income to survive.

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Help us support children's hospices

Our National Fundraising Scheme gives raises vital funding for services across the country.

Developing Volunteering Services

Volunteers can play a crucial role to support children, families and the and palliative care services

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Together We Can

Browse our collection of resources for organisations developing a service where volunteers support families of a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition.

Education and Training

We are working with the sector to develop a children's palliative care educational framework