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Empowering Children to Make Informed Medical Decisions

Introduction It is an established legal principle in the UK that children can make their own healthcare decisions (within certain limitations) if they are considered competent, that is, mentally and emotionally mature enough. Such a child is called Gillick competent, after the court case that established this law. Following media reports that children of secondary …

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Informed Consent Checklist | Parental Healthcare Decisions

This list is based on UK regulatory guidelines and best practice (General Medical Council) and is aimed at most common situations. Its aim is to help parents and medical staff ensure that parental consent to any intervention has lawfully been obtained and to encourage best practice. Children should be included in the process as appropriate …

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Parents refusing antipyretic drugs – advice to healthcare professionals

Consent is a charity supporting parental healthcare decisions. We aim to be a balanced voice for parents, facilitating and promoting better understanding between parents and healthcare professionals. Most parents are not medically trained and rely on doctors for accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendations. However, it is also now common for parents to form their own …

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Vaccination Letter to GPs & Doctors | UK Law and your Children’s Rights

To Whom It May Concern Subj. parental vaccination decisions Consent is a charity supporting parental healthcare decisions. We aim to be a balanced voice for parents, facilitating and promoting better understanding between parents and healthcare professionals. Our charity is being contacted by many parents who tell us they feel pressured or even harassed by their …

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Parental Healthcare Decisions & State Intervention | Social Services

CONTENT Introduction 1. Can they really report you to social services? 2. What will Social Services do? 3. What should you do? 4. What will happen next? 5. EPOs 6. Other state interventions Summary INTRODUCTION As a parent reading this document, it is likely you have come across stories about children being removed by social …

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Dealing with Healthcare Professionals | Parent | GP | Doctor

About this guidance This guidance is written for parents who experience disrespect from one or more healthcare professional (your doctor or health visitor, a nurse or midwife, a receptionist at a practice etc) because of their parental healthcare decisions. It lays out how parents should, in our view, handle such a situation. As each situation …

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