Children or young people

34. Children or young people under 16 who have the capacity and understanding to give consent for a recording may do so, but you should encourage them to involve their parents in the decision making. If a child or young person lacks capacity to consent to a planned or unplanned recording being made, a person with parental responsibility may consent on their behalf. However, you should stop the recording if the child or young person objects verbally or through their actions, if they show distress in other ways about the recording or if the person with parental responsibility asks you to stop. For further guidance see 0-18 years: guidance for all doctors and Consent to research.18

35. When a child or young person has developed the maturity to make decisions about recordings for themselves, you should use any opportunity that arises to offer them the option to withdraw or vary consent previously given by a person with parental responsibility, if:

  • the child or young person is or may be identifiable from the recording
  • it is reasonably practicable to act in accordance with the child or young person’s wishes.