EAPC Children & Young People Task Force


The EAPC Children & Young People Taskforce is a small core group that aims to drive developments for professionals and organisations working in children and young people’s palliative care across Europe. The EAPC is well-established as a strong organisation that brings together palliative care providers across Europe.  The children & young people’s palliative care task force now wishes to promote the development of accessible and high quality children and young people’s palliative care through the EAPC. 

The EAPC/Maruzza Foundation mapping report (2014) highlighted the growing number of children’s palliative care professionals and services across Europe. It is therefore timely to now set up a new Taskforce to bring together all those working to develop and sustain children’s palliative care services, to share learning, to develop and share research and lay a strong evidence base for this small but highly specialised area of care. In particular support is needed for countries in Europe where children’s palliative care is still struggling to get a foothold and in countries where there is only isolated provision, to ensure that it continues to flourish. 

It aims to ensure that palliative care for children and young people has stronger representation within EAPC so that the EAPC can provide one voice across Europe for palliative care across the lifespan. The Taskforce will work on initial identified priorities and develop a network of professionals from across the paediatric sector. It will in future draw on this broad network to set up working groups to take forward any new identified priorities.   

Aims & objectives

  1. To bring together the wide range of professionals working to develop children’s palliative care in European countries and provide opportunities for sharing of information, research, education and advocacy.  
  2. To support the development and dissemination of the evidence base in children’s palliative care through identification of specific work streams leading to published guidelines and standards.
  3. To provide educational opportunities for those working in children’s palliative care through the development of paediatric sessions at EAPC events.
  4. To support the development of palliative care for children and young people across Europe, through advocacy and awareness-raising, signposting organisations to the support offered by the International Children’s Palliative Care Network, the guidelines and standards developed by the Paediatric Taskforce and other useful resources.

Current Projects of the EAPC Children & Young People's Taskforce

  1. EAPC Children's Palliative Care Seminar, Berlin 2019.Act as a resource to develop the programme for this first EAPC children’spalliative care one-day seminar which will take place in parallel with themain EAPC congress in Berlin. The task force will provide advice, act as abstract reviewers for the seminar and chair the sessions. (May 2018 - May 2019)
  2. EAPC Palliative Care Atlas Contribute expertise to a paediatric chapter of the Atlas of palliative care which is being developed by the University of Navarra on behalf of the EAPC. (January 2018 - April 2019)
  3. Develop an International Version of a Guide to Children’s Palliative Care The task force will work to develop an edition of the Guide to Children’sPalliative Care (published by Together for Short Lives) which is appropriate for developed and developing countries across Europe and the rest of theworld wishing to establish and advocate for a children’s palliative care service.(Timeline TBC)
  4. Establish a collaborative Europe-wide research project. We are currently scoping a suitable research project that can be implemented across different European countries. (Timeline TBC)

EAPC Children's Palliative Care Seminar, Berlin 2019

Act as a resource to develop the programme for this first EAPC childrens palliative care seminar which will take place in parallel with the main EAPC congress in Berlin.  The task force will provide advice and act as abstract reviewers for the seminar. 



Lizzie Chambers

Together for Short Lives
United Kingdom

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Finella Craig

Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital
United Kingdom

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Steering committee

Lizzie Chambers (UK)

Finella Craig (UK)

Julia Downing

Franca Benini (IT)

Meggi Schuiling-Otten (NL)


Lizzie Chambers, Development Director, Together for Short Lives, UK

Dr Finella Craig, Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine, The Louis Dundas Centre, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, UK

Dr Julia Downing, Chief Executive, International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN), UK/Serbia

Ana Lacerda, Children’s Palliative Care Advocate, Portugal

Silvia Lefebvre, Director, The Maruzza Foundation, Italy

Mette Raunkiaer, Senior Researcher, Centre for Rehabilitation and Palliation, Denmark

Meggi Schuiling-Otten, Director, Stichting Pal, the Netherlands




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