The International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) is a global network of organisations and individuals working in the field of hospice and palliative care for children. We are the only international charity dedicated to securing the right of the twenty-one million children worldwide with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions to receive palliative care.

Our vision is to achieve worldwide the best quality of life and care for children and young people with life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers, through networking, advocacy, information sharing, education and research.

We advocate for children’s palliative care to be acknowledged and respected as a unique discipline within health care systems and provided by suitably trained and qualified people to all children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses and conditions and their families, regardless of where they live in the world.

We promote the concept that the care of babies, children, adolescents and young people who face a shortened lifespan should include services, therapies and medications that will reduce pain and suffering and encompass all their physical, social, emotional, spiritual and developmental needs and that of their families, allowing for the best possible quality of life.


Key areas in which the organisation is active include:


The ICPCN offers free membership to individuals who work or volunteer in children’s palliative care or related services and free membership to organisations providing children’s palliative care. An international directory and mapping of children’s palliative care services can be found on our website. Join the ICPCN now.

Activities of the network

Visit the ICPCN website for more information: www.icpcn.org