Jointly commissioning palliative care for children and young people: a guide for local areas in England
Together for Short Lives
Together for Short Lives is the leading UK charity for all children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and all those who support, love and care for them. We support families, professionals and services, including children’s hospices.
In April 2013, Together for Short Lives secured funding from the Department for Education for a two-year project to improve children’s palliative care engagement in the SEND reform (bit.ly/MQOMeH). We are working with children’s hospices and local voluntary providers in each of the 20 SEND pathfinder areas so that:
- children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions are included in Pathfinder testing and benefiting from greater integration
- children’s hospice and palliative care providers play an active role in supporting and pathfinders and in the delivery of the reforms
- schools and health and social care services are better equipped to support children with life-limiting conditions.