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(p. 319) 11. Adolescent rights: autonomy and participation 

(p. 319) 11. Adolescent rights: autonomy and participation
(p. 319) 11. Adolescent rights: autonomy and participation

Mary Welstead

and Susan Edwards


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date: 12 November 2019

Titles in the Core Text series take the reader straight to the heart of the subject, providing focused, concise, and reliable guides for students at all levels. This chapter examines the law relating to adolescents' right to self-determination. It considers two areas of law where a child rights-based approach has had considerable impact: (i) medical matters affecting adolescents with regard to consent to treatment or refusal of such consent; and (ii) the right of the adolescent to participate independently in family proceedings. The law has provided for adolescent self-determination in several legal forms, including statute, case law, and human rights law.

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