Physical and mental integrity

Developing a Guide to good practice concerning the participation of children in the decision-making process on matters regarding their health

Acknowledging the need to recognise the evolving nature of the decision-making capacity of children also in matters regarding their own health, the Committee on Bioethics intends to prepare a Guide, containing principles and good practices, to involving children in medical decision making. This will include consideration of the rights of the child, the rights and responsibilities of the child’s legal representatives, and the child’s interests interconnected with those of their family members. The Guide should primarily target healthcare professionals but should also be accessible to the children’s parents and/or legal representatives.

  • Setting-up of a joint drafting group

Co-chaired by a member of the CDBIO and a member of the CDENF to prepare the guide to good practice on children's participation in decision-making processes on matters relating to their health

  • Online survey on children participation in decision-making process regarding their health in the Council of Europe member States