Parental Responsibility: Health

Parental Responsibility: Health

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.

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