Did You Know: Working with Children: The Many Layers of Consent to Treat. The practice of social work often involves treating and working with children. Social workers must obtain consent to treat a child. In order to establish a proper foundation for treating a child, avoiding risk and satisfactory professional results, it is necessary to have a sense of what consent is necessary. Issues regarding whether both parents must consent to a child’s treatment is frequently raised by NASW members and has many layered responses. Another issue is whether a child may consent to his/her own treatment. Identifying the rights of the child and parents, and considering the levels of risk in providing treatment requires an understanding of the legal landscape that surrounds the issue of consent.
This Legal Issue of the Month summarizes 1. Parental Consent to a Child’s Treatment, 2. Children Consenting to Treatment, 3. Requests for Child’s Records and 4. Parental Responsibility for Payment. This article provides key legal issues and information to assist in answering questions about obtaining proper consent to begin mental health treatment for a child.
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