What is Gillick competence?
Post date: 02/02/2015
The information within this article was correct at the time of publishing. Last updated 18/05/2020
Paediatrician and medicolegal adviser Dr Roger Palmer looks at the issue of consent and capacity in the under 16 age group. In this podcast, Dr Palmer focuses specifically on the issue of Gillick competence, which enshrined the autonomy of competent minors. He also reminds us that although the age of majority is arbitrarily determined and rigidly applied through chronological age, this does not mean a competent minor should be denied the right to self-determination.