The refusal of children or their parents to consent to treatment that professionals regard as essential always results in a dilemma.
Responding to such refusals demands careful and sensitive clinical and ethicolegal intervention and close cooperation among professionals, in particular doctors and social workers.
Since the introduction of the Children Act 1989 the number of cases in which children have withheld consent to lifesaving treatment has risen, and it is now increasingly recognised that children have a right to have their views legally represented if a local authority or health authority seeks a court's leave to carry out treatment.
Professionals have to consider witch legal route, under either the Children Act or the Mental Health Act, is likely to be best for the individual child.
Mots-clés Pascal : Consentement éclairé, Traitement, Législation, Enfant, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Informed consent, Treatment, Legislation, Child, Human
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0215966
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 09/06/1995.