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Decision-making about children's mental health care: ethical challenges

  • Moli Paul
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Children and young people are usually referred to specialist child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) by adults because of concerns raised by other adults. Most CAMHS consider them from a developmental perspective and as individuals in the context of their families and other relationships/systems. In this article I discuss ethical and legal challenges posed by making decisions with and about children and young people within CAMHS, with particular reference to duty of care; the rights of minors' and parents'; capacity and consent; and disagreement between decision-makers. It is important to involve children and young people in decision-making, and I suggest ways of acheiving this.

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