What should I do if parents disagree about their child's treatment?

Consent may be given by one person with parental responsibility, although in some circumstances it is appropriate to have the agreement of both parents if possible – for example, if you need to carry out multiple extractions under sedation. 

For some types of treatment there is a requirement for agreement between those who hold parental responsibility. If a dispute cannot be resolved informally, you should seek legal advice about whether to apply for a court ruling. 

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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