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Fraser Competent

Fraser Competent is a term used to describe a child under 16 who is considered to be of sufficient age and understanding to be competent to receive contraceptive advice without parental knowledge or consent. (The term is therefore narrower than the term Gillick Competent although it is often used to mean the same thing.) The test is that the doctor must be satisfied that;

  • The child will understand the advice;
  • The child cannot be persuaded to tell his or her parents or allow the doctor to tell them that they are seeking contraceptive advice;
  • The child is likely to begin or continue having unprotected sex with or without contraceptive treatment;
  • The child's physical or mental health is likely to suffer unless he or she receives contraceptive advice or treatment.


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