0–18 years: guidance for all doctors

Useful links

Charitable umbrella groups

  • Children in Northern Ireland – the regional umbrella organisation for the children's voluntary sector in Northern Ireland
  • Children in Scotland – national agency for voluntary, statutory and professional organisations and individuals working with children and their families in Scotland
  • Children in Wales – the national umbrella children's organisation in Wales
  • National Children's Bureau – umbrella body for organisations working with children and young people in England and Northern Ireland  

Information and practical resources for children, young people and professionals

  • NHS inform - has published guidance specifically for under 16s on consent and confidentiality for the Scottish Executive Health Department
  • Brook – national voluntary sector provider of free and confidential sexual health advice and services specifically for young people; publishes guidance, leaflets and posters for health professionals, children and young people on a variety of subjects
  • Connexions – information and advice for young people aged 13-19

Legal resources

Children's Commissioners

Children’s Commissioners have been appointed for all four home countries. They look after the interests and promote and safeguard the rights of children and young people. Their specific roles and responsibilities vary, but they are important sources of information, advice and advocacy for children and young people.