Consent, Rights and Choices in Health Care for Children and Young People
January 2001, BMJ Books
The books sets out best practice guidance, and explains that children and young people should be allowed to participate in decisions about their health care to the extent they wish. It explains who can give consent to treatment on behalf of a person under 18 and when children and young people can seek health care and advice independently.
It also explores the issue of refusal of treatment; what parents are entitled to refuse on behalf of their young children, and what to do if young people refuse treatment.
A comprehensive summary of chapters provides quick reference for the key ethical and legal issues.
List of statutes and regulations.
Membership of the Steering Group.
An ethical approach to treating children and young people.
The law on children, consent and medical treatment: England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The law on children, consent and medical treatment: Scotland.
Involving children and assessing a child's competence.
Refusal of treatment and decisions not to treat.
Mental health care of children and young people.
Sensitive or controversial procedures.
Research and innovative treatment.
Health care in schools.
Summary of good practice.
Appendix 1: Examination or assessment for child protection purposes.
Appendix 2: Useful addresses.