Ethical and legal challenges within children's mental healthcare: Part 2 – decision-making, consent and capacity

by Dr Moli Paul


Last updated: August 2017


There are many ethical and legal challenges posed by making decisions with and about children and young people in relation to their mental healthcare within CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). This module will concentrate on issues such as:


  • whose consent we should seek


  • what we should do when decision-makers disagree


  • how we can assess capacity to consent


  • what laws we should act within when assessing and treating children and young people.


In Part 1: duty of care and rights we considered:


  • to whom a duty of care is owed


  • how we can balance children and young people’s rights and their parents’ rights. 


Start the module



If you like this module, you may also be interested in:


Children's mental health within Scottish legislation by Dr Aileen Blower and Dr Tina Irani


Competence, capacity and decision-making ability in mental disorder by Dr J McCulloch and Dr M Taylor


Assessment of mental health problems in children and adolescents with intellectual disability by Dr M Kannabiran and Dr S Bernard


Irish Mental Health Act 2001 by Dr L Feeney and Dr B Kelly



Download take-home notes to print and annotateDownload take-home notes to print and annotate


© 2019 Royal College of Psychiatrists