What you'll get from this guide
- The key legal and ethical factors doctors need to consider when making decisions about children and young people.
- More detailed guidance on some of the more sensitive issues that can arise – for example, disputes, child safeguarding concerns, and access to sexual health services.
- Signposts to other key resources – for example, guidance from the General Medical Council (GMC).
How to use this guide
This guidance will provide you with the key legal and ethical considerations you need to take into account when making a decision about children and young people (under 18 years in England, Wales and Northern Ireland; under 16 years in Scotland).
It is not a set of rules or instructions, or a substitute for careful reflection and discussion with colleagues.
You can seek additional advice on specific dilemmas from the BMA’s medical ethics and human rights department, the GMC, or your medical defence organisation.