Recording and documenting consent of 8-12 year olds in an outpatient child and adolescent mental health service
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Recording and documenting consent of 8-12 year olds in an outpatient child and adolescent mental health service

Ann Marie Cox Child and adolescent mental health services manager/cognitive behaviour therapy lead, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and doctoral student, and part-time lecturer, University of Derby, College of Health and Social Care, Derby, England
Chris Brannigan Emeritus Professor, College of Health and Social Care, University of Derby, England
Martyn Harling Lecturer, College of Health and Social Care, University of Derby, England

There is a lack of research and guidance on decision-making and consent processes for children who are undergoing treatment in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). Whilst the Gillick competence framework offers some guidance for staff, it is not clear how and when this is transferable to younger children. Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust outpatient CAMHS staff evaluated their own practice to determine whether the service enabled children to be an integral part of the decision making and consent processes in the care they receive.

Mental Health Practice. 21, 2,29-37. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2017.e1165

Correspondence

ann.cox8@nhs.net

Conflict of interest

None declared

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Received: 08 March 2017

Accepted: 22 May 2017