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Parental Responsibility

BMA Guidance on Parental Responsibility and Consent 

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 further information click on the heading above.

Parents requesting access to their children’s medical records 

Updated on Tuesday, 15 February 2022, 447 views

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