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Can I make decisions for myself without asking my parents?

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In some important areas such as accessing advice about sexual health or contraception it is possible for you to receive confidential help and support. The health professional who is helping you will have to be satisfied that you are mature enough to understand all the implications. This is sometimes referred to as being ‘Gillick’ competent.

‘Gillick’ was a landmark UK legal case about whether or not a young person under 16 could receive contraceptives if they consented themselves to receiving them rather than their parents. The Courts decided that a young person with sufficient understanding (mature enough) about contraception or other matters could indeed consent in their own right.

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