The CYPACP documents the collaborative wishes and plans of decision-makers about children and young people with chronic or life-limiting conditions. The conversations and documentation of decisions should be considered within the ethical, legal and clinical frameworks that guide clinicians working with this group of children and young people.

The policy below provides additional guidance and information for clinicians to help inform these discussions related to the Child and Young Person’s ACP (CYPACP) forms (Version 4).  Please note however, it does not replace existing guidelines from the General Medical Council (GMC), Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) or statutory law such as the Mental Capacity Act (2005) or Children Act (1989).

It is the responsibility of the clinician to keep abreast of relevant ethical, legal and professional guidelines and developments that may impact on the use of the CYPACP document.

Should you have any ethical, legal or clinical queries about the CYPACP please contact your local team for advice and training. The document should be used alongside local Trust policies and guidelines.