What you can decide about your child

You have parental responsibility for your child until they are an adult at 18. However, as they get older, they are allowed to make more and more decisions for themselves. 

At 16 or 17 years old, they can agree to their own care plan whilst they are in voluntary accommodation with Children’s Services. If they have agreed to the plan, you cannot remove them from their placement unless they and Children’s Services, agree.

At 16 or 17 years old, they can also make their own decisions about medical treatment. Sometimes children younger than 16 can make their own decisions about this depending on how mature they are. You can get further advice about this if you contact FRG advice line.

If you feel your child is making a decision that is not safe, or in their best interests, even if they are old enough to do so, and you are being told you can’t change the decision, you may want to speak to a Children’s panel solicitor about what, if anything, you can do.



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