Ethical and legal challenges within children's mental healthcare: Part 1 – duty of care and rights

by Dr Moli Paul


Last updated: November 2015


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


  • to whom a duty of care is owed

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

Part 2: decision-making, consent and capacity will then consider:


  • 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.


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