Palliative Care Palliative care is care which relieves pain and other distressing symptoms (rather than focussing on cure or treatment of a condition). Usually, palliative care is provided near the end of a child’s life. Palliative care to make them as comfortable as possible, by managing their pain and other distressing symptoms. It also involves psychological, social and spiritual support for you and your family. This is called a holistic approach, because it deals with you as a "whole" person, not just your illness or symptoms. In Scotland, Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) provides palliative care services to many families.