Palliative Care (Children)

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Life Force offer a specialist paediatric service providing additional care and support for children up to 18 years old with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.


  • symptom management support
  • coordination of current services, accessing extra support for families when necessary
  • provision of respite/short breaks in the home
  • pre- and post-bereavement support to parents and siblings

Eligibility criteria


​Children from birth to 18 (19 if they have special needs) with a potentially life threatening or life limiting condition. Referrals should fall into one of the below categories.

Category 1

Life-threatening conditions for which curative treatment may be feasible but can fail e.g. cancer, irreversible organ failure

Category 2

Conditions where premature death is inevitable, where there may be long periods of intensive treatment aimed at prolonging life e.g. cystic fibrosis

Category 3

Progressive conditions without curative treatment options e.g. Batten Disease, muscular dystrophy

Category 4

Irreversible but non-progressive conditions causing severe disability e.g. severe cerebal palsy

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs, Any healthcare professional

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Referral methods: Email

Complete Life Force referral form.

Urgent referrals – t: 020 3316 1950

Non-urgent referrals – e:

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