Children and adolescents

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Popular resources about Children and adolescents

  • Consent and children under 16

    Children under 16 can give valid consent to treatment if they are competent. This was confirmed by the House of Lords in the 1985 Gillick judgment.

  • Concerns about child neglect

    A dentist is concerned that a child is being neglected, and asks whether social services should be informed.

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  • New obligation for healthcare professionals to report FGM

    Since 31 October 2015, dental professionals in England and Wales have had a legal obligation to notify the police if they discover that an act of female genital mutilation (FGM) appears to have been carried out on a girl under the age of 18.

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