General Medical Council
Regulating doctors, ensuring good medical practice
90. Children, including neonates, and young people are individuals with rights that must be respected. This means that, if they are able to express a view and take part in decision making, you must listen to them and take account of what they have to say about things that affect them, respecting their decisions and confidentiality. You have a duty to safeguard and protect the health and well-being of children and young people. You must also consider the role and responsibilities of parents and others close to them, but your primary duty is to the child or young person who is your patient.
91. Our guidance, 0-18 years: guidance for all doctors, provides detailed advice on applying these principles when caring for children and young people. The advice below focuses on helping you to apply the principles in situations in which children or young people may be approaching the end of their life.
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