Can I carry out treatment on a teenager without informing their parents?

You can carry out treatment on a child under the age of 16 if you consider the patient to be Gillick-competent.

If you believe their mother and father should be involved, you will need to discuss this with the patient but you would not usually disclose information without their consent.

This guidance was correct at publication 22/08/2016. It is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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