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Ethical advice in paediatric care

Brierley, Joe; Cave, Emma; Archard, David

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Joe Brierley

David Archard


The need for local ethics advice during the COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on Clinical Ethics Committees (CECs) and services. In this review, we focus on paediatric CECs which raise both generic questions and specific issues. In doing this, we acknowledge the broader roles of education, research and staff support some bioethics teams have developed but focus on the main areas of Clinical Ethics support to clinical teams. We raise twelve questions about the role, remit and responsibilities of Clinical Ethics Committees, provide preliminary answers to these and set out the next steps for the development of ethics support both in paediatric practice and more generally.


Brierley, J., Cave, E., & Archard, D. (2022). Ethical advice in paediatric care. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 107, Article e18.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 26, 2021
Online Publication Date Nov 29, 2021
Publication Date Feb 17, 2022
Deposit Date Oct 26, 2021
Publicly Available Date Oct 26, 2021
Journal Archives of Disease in Childhood
Print ISSN 0003-9888
Electronic ISSN 1468-2044
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 107
Article Number e18


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