31/03/2020 1:30 PM

Young children, best interests and treatment decisions. Who should decide?


31/03/2020 1:30 PM - 1:00 PM GMT


Emmanual College St Andrew's Street Cambridge CB2 3AP



In the wake of the judgment in Barts Health NHS Trust v Tafida Raqeeb, we will discuss the growing tensions between parental rights, best interests and the significant harm threshold test. The team involved in the case, including treating clinicians, lawyers and community leaders will join a panel sharing their experiences and discussing the impacts for future cases.

This will be a practical seminar which will explore:

  • When should you go to Court when treating young children?
  • What evidence is required for a best interests decision?
  • What role do religious beliefs have in the best interests test?
  • Will the significant harm threshold test replace the best interests test?
  • What should you do when asked by a parent to take their very sick child abroad?
  • Consequences in terms of both acute and community care. 

This seminar is particularly aimed at paediatric intensive care practitioners, board members, legal services and communications teams, hospital chaplaincy and others interested in this fascinating topic.

Emmanuel College

St Andrew's Street