This publication provides child and youth health practitioners with information about the ethical and legal requirements of consent. It explores issues where there is lack of clarity and provides guidance which may assist in preventing difficult issues arising. It aims to build practitioner confidence and encourage positive and safe practice.
This document builds on a workshop held in Wellington in August 1998 and some of the papers from this workshop form part of the appendices. The bibliography provides a range of articles which provide further information and discussion. Discussion is underpinned by acknowledgement of the importance of children’s rights and respect for parents, whānau, community and culture.