Equal availability of palliative care services to all children:
- 1. Palliative care services should be available to every child and their family, 24/7, all year long, irrespective of their financial situation and other factors.
- Respecting child’s interests:
- It is the parents’ choice whether to accept or decline palliative care.
- Every child and their family should be treated with respect. Palliative care services should be discussed and coordinated with them.
- All information shared by the child and his or her family with the palliative care provider is confidential.
- Information should be provided to the family in a simple and understandable way.
- Before publishing any personal information regarding an untreatable child’s condition, written parental consent must be obtained.
- Children will not be subjected to treatments that impose burden without benefit.
- Patients should have access to the least invasive and most convenient medicines and treatment options.
- Decision making in children’s palliative care:
- Care should be based on an honest and transparent approach to the children’s palliative service options available and should be selected according to an individual care plan.