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Gillick Competency

Competency to consent to treatment; children <16, this is assessed by the Dr. providing treatment.

Mr Justice Woolf in judgement: whether or not a child is capable of giving the necessary consent will depend on the child's maturity and understanding and nature of the consent required. The child must be capable of making reasonable assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of the treatment proposed, so the consent, if given, can properly and fairly be described as true consent.

External links

A child's legal rights Gillick competency and Fraser guidelines (NSPCC).

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