Key References and Links

General Medical Council (GMC)

  • 0–18 Guidance for all doctors 2007 – A clear summary of a doctor’s duties when working with children – covers similar areas to the above but also communication, confidentiality and child protection. The guidance found in this document is binding on all doctors in the UK.
  • This guidance for doctors sets out the principles on which good clinical decisions should be based. Patients and doctors making decisions together.
  • Protecting Children – responsibilities of all doctors 2014.
  • Confidentiality guidance 2017 – good practice in handling patient information.


A good summary of the impact of the Montgomery case at the Supreme Court in 2015, and how it has clarified the law to bring it into line with pre-existing professional guidance:

McCombe K, Bogod D. Paternalism and consent: has the law finally caught up with the profession? Anaesthesia 2015;70:1016–1019

ReSPECT – Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment
ReSPECT is a process that creates personalised recommendations for a person’s clinical care in a future emergency in which they are unable to make or express choices. It provides health and care professionals responding to that emergency with a summary of recommendations to help them to make immediate decisions about that person’s care and treatment. ReSPECT can be complementary to a wider process of advance/anticipatory care planning

Children and Young Persons Advance Care Plan Collaborative

NHS Scotland Children and Young Persons Acute Deterioration Policy webpages


You may also find it useful to refer to the resources in our Educational Resources section.



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