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NCJ Number: 228644 Find in a Library
Title: Obtaining Consent for Child Protection Medical Assessments
Journal: Child Abuse Review  Volume:18  Issue:5  Dated:September-October 2009  Pages:354-362
Author(s): Carolyn Adcock
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 9
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article reports on the legal requirement and process for seeking consent for child protection medical assessments and the possible action when consent is not given.
Abstract: The legislation relating to consent for medical assessment and treatment is in place to protect the rights and interests of the child. This report, aimed at professionals from health and statutory agencies, summarizes the legislation and guidance, and the doctor’s responsibility for seeking consent for child protection medical assessments to promote a mutual understanding and more effective multi-agency working. Immediate consideration must be given as to whether emergency treatment may be required; even if consent is not obtained. The medical assessment can then be undertaken, once valid consent has been obtained from a competent child, from someone with parental responsibility or by authorization from the court. A competent child has a right to refuse an assessment. A child may be spoken to on his/her own, even if parental consent is refused, if considered to be in the child’s best interests’, with justification being offered and recorded. Doctors should not work in isolation. A discussion should take place with colleagues or with the named or designated doctor for safeguarding children, and legal advice sought as required. Figures and references
Main Term(s): Child protection laws
Index Term(s): Child welfare; Laws and Statutes; Medical and dental services; Medical evaluation
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