The NHSScotland Resuscitation Planning Policy for Children and Young People (under 16) was developed as part of Living and Dying Well: a national action plan for palliative and end of life care in Scotland. The policy and supporting resources reflect current evidence and UK best practice guidance:
It provides guidance to clinicians, reassurance to families and safe working practices within all care settings. Any decision not to resuscitate must not compromise the ongoing needs of the child/young person for symptom control or palliative care.
The policy and supporting resources will mainly be used within NHS children's services. The purpose of the policy and supporting resources is to provide guidance and clarification regarding the process of making and communicating resuscitation planning and decisions.