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BMA Guidance on Parental Responsibility

Parental responsibility refers to the rights, duties, powers and responsibilities that most parents have in respect of their children.

  • Parental responsibility includes the right of parents to consent to treatment on behalf of their children, provided the treatment is in the interests of the child.
  • Those with parental responsibility have a statutory right to apply for access to their children’s health records, although if the child is capable of giving consent, he or she must consent to the access
  • Competent children can decide many aspects of their care for themselves.

Where doctors believe that parental decisions are not in the best interests of the child, it may be necessary to seek a view from the courts, whilst meanwhile only providing emergency treatment that is essential to preserve life or prevent serious deterioration.

For detailed information on parental responsibility please click on the attached BMA document

Updated on 11 January 2016, 695 views

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