Gillick competence

An assessment of the Keira Bell case

Written by Genspect parent Lynn Chadwick. In an editorial for the Journal of Clinical Nursing dated 09 December 2021, Helyer, Jackson, Hill, and Ion summarize the developments of the UK case brought by Keira Bell and Mrs. A. The court initially ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, resulting in the halting of the use of …

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Keira Bell ruling: Who gets the hot potato next?

At first glance, the ruling of the High Court in the Keira Bell case seems simple: the decision of the lower court was reversed. However, it is actually a highly nuanced and technical ruling, in which one sentence in particular packs a lot of punch: Clinicians would be alive to the possibility of regulatory or …

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The Daily Telegraph takes on the topic of Gillick Competence

… and brings in Genspect’s founder, Stella O’Malley, to highlight the parents’ perspectives. As the UK government reviews its general policies on single-sex hospital wards, the issue of self-identification of gender identity is back in the news. But as Genspect parents can attest, these matters can be far more complex when it comes to children. …

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BREAKING NEWS: Australian gender clinic follows the lead of Sweden, Finland, and the UK

Journalist Bernard Lane reports in The Australian that one Australian gender clinic will require its young patients to receive court approval to take puberty blocking and cross-sex drugs, given the irreversible changes they create and with unknown long-term side effects. The Australian understands the dramatic change followed concerns raised by a state solicitor’s office about …

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