The College of Optometrists

Children and young people with the capacity to consent

C68
You should encourage the child or young person to involve their parents in making decisions, unless the child or young person wishes to exclude them.
C69
You must get the child or young person’s consent to sharing their information if you involve the family.
C70
If a child with the capacity to consent has consented to treatment that you consider is in the child’s best interests, parents cannot override this.
C71
If a child with the capacity to consent refuses treatment, a court can override this decision. In Scotland, those with parental responsibility cannot authorise procedures that a child with capacity to consent has refused.
C72
If a young person with the capacity to consent refuses treatment, the law in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is complex on whether parents can override this refusal. In Scotland, parents cannot override a competent young person’s refusal. 
C73
Although unlikely to occur in optometric practice, if a competent child or young person refuses treatment which you feel is in their best interests, you should contact your professional or representative body for advice.

See section on Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

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