Medication Pathway

Section D Challenging the decision to prescribe medication

Decision making for children

Parents of children under 16 years old (or whoever has parental responsibility) have a right to consent to treatment that has been suggested. They should make a decision considering their child’s wishes and advice from health professionals.

Some children may have enough understanding about the medication and its effects to make the decision themselves.

With children’s care, health professionals must act in the way they believe most benefits the wellbeing of the child. If their view on treatment is not the same as the wishes of the parent and there is a disagreement, this can create problems. Whenever possible, you should try to work with professionals so that you can all agree how to achieve a good outcome. However, if this is not possible you may benefit from seeking legal advice, as the decision could be made by a court in the child’s best interests.