Sunday, January 21, 2007

Gillick Competence

I'm going to put Terri's input here on Gillick Competence, as it is details the principle of it more than my previous post on children's decision making capacity and parental involvement.

An important element in assessing the competence of an under 16 to give consent is the question of whether s/he refuses parental involvement.

Unless the young person actively chooses not to consult parents, the ordinary common-law position of parental responsibility for under 16's applies.

1 comment:

ziz said...

There is an article in the British Medical Journal, for week ending 13th Jan 2007 (not online) regarding the project on obesity in schools. Apparently it took the learned commottee two years to agree that the best way to determine obesity was by taking heght and weight of children. (These figures are easily anonymised - impossible with fingerprints, retina scans etc.,)

Aparently children can refuse - 'uman rights apparently -n this of course mucks up the figures because it is the fat one's that refuse.

Therefore the figures produced have to be read with "care" . i.e they are wrong.

Curious you can take the little luvvies finger prints and store them without a by your leave.

For those directly involved this is worth following up.