Will you make it happen, Santa?

The EAPC’s Children and Young People Reference Group have just published the European Charter on Palliative Care. The aim of this very important Charter is to set out standards that can be used as a tool for empowering children, families and healthcare professionals, with regards to what they can expect, what should be available to them, and for advocating for the development of children’s palliative care services within Europe. For today’s blog, EAPC Children and Young People Reference group co-chairs Ana Lacerda and Meggie Schuiling-Otten reflect on a busy year, and hope a very special person might grant some Christmas wishes…


Photo credit: Tim Mossholder.

This year we have made great strides with the EAPC Children & Young People Group. Working with the EAPC Board and our Group members, we are growing up… We are proud to have achieved the status of EAPC Reference Group, which gives us more influence and responsibilities, and we are delighted to present to you the new EAPC European Charter on Paediatric Palliative Care.

We are very happy with the steps we are taking. But there is still much to be done for the equitable development of Children & Young People’s Palliative Care. What wishes do those involved have for Santa Claus?

We hope Santa will make these Christmas wishes come true.  In the meantime, you can help this important work by signing the EAPC European Charter on Palliative Care now!  Click here to sign.

Links and resources

  • Read the EAPC European Charter on Palliative Care here.
  • Find out more by watching the EAPC webinar ‘Moving Children’s Palliative Care forward in Europe: Launching the EAPC European Charter on Paediatric Palliative Care’ here.
  • Find out about the EAPC Childrens and Young People’s Task Force here.
  • Read more EAPC blogs about Children’s Palliative Care here.

About the authors

Ana Lacerda is a paediatric oncologist with an MSc in Palliative Care from the Cicely Saunders Institute, where she honed her leadership skills to share her passion about pediatric palliative care. She works in Lisbon, Portugal, where she has been leading the development of education and services.

Meggi Schuiling-Otten is the Chief Executive Officer of the Dutch Center of Expertise in Children’s Palliative Care, the central point of contact for all questions and developments in the field of paediatric palliative care in the Netherlands. She has been involved for years in national and international research projects, guideline development and the embedding of expertise in vocational training. Her special expertise lies in the field of policy development, political lobbying, funding issues and developing network organisations.


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