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Child Medical Consent

Medical Consent Details

Medical Consent Details

Which treatments may the caregiver consent to?  Which treatments am I consenting to if I select "All"?Your consent includes diagnostic and surgical procedures, dental treatment, and blood transfusions unless you state otherwise below.

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  1. I, ____________________ of ________________________ make oath and say that I am the lawful guardian of the child listed below and there are no court orders now in effect that would prohibit me from conferring the power to consent upon another person.

    Information of Child

    ____________________, male, born 22 July 2024 at ________________________ and residing at __________________________________________

  2. I hereby authorise and appoint ____________________ of __________________________________________ as my agent (my "Agent"). Unless otherwise provided in this authorisation, my Agent may consent to emergency and routine medical treatment for my child, including dental treatment, anaesthesia, and blood transfusion.
  3. My Agent may have access to any and all records, including, but not limited to, insurance records regarding any medical services or treatment provided.
  4. The purpose of this instrument is to give ____________________ the power and authority to consent to medical treatment for my child. This power and authority will be effective as of the 22nd day of July, 2024.
  5. I give this consent freely and knowingly in order to provide for the child and not as a result of coercion, duress or payments by any person or agency.
  6. This consent will remain in effect until it is revoked by notifying my child's medical, mental health care and insurance providers, in writing, and the Agent named above that I wish to revoke it.
  7. Any questions or concerns regarding this authorisation may be directed to me at:

    Name: ____________________
    Address: ________________________
    Phone Number: ____________________
    Secondary Phone: ____________________
    Email: ____________________

before me in _________________________, this ________ day of ________________, ________

Practising Solicitor / Commissioner for Oaths
Name: __________________
Address: ______________________




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Parents and legal guardians use a Child Medical Consent form to give another person the authority to make medical decisions for their children.

In addition to personal details about the child, their legal guardians, and their temporary caregiver, a Child Medical Consent form typically includes the following:

  • The child’s health history (e.g., conditions, illnesses, allergies, and medications)
  • Contact info for a family doctor and an emergency contact person
  • Health insurance coverage
  • The emergency and routine medical treatments that the legal guardians consent to
  • Whether the caregiver can access medical or insurance records

The form also specifies when the caregiver’s authority begins and, typically, when it ends.

You can customise LawDepot’s Child Medical Consent template to align with your child’s situation and needs. Simply answer a set of questions, then download the form as a PDF or print a hard copy. 

It’s important to use a Child Medical Consent form to authorise medical treatments for your minor child when you’re not there.

For instance, your child may need routine treatments (e.g., asthma inhaler) while at daycare or school. Or, they may travel with a sports team or school group and need emergency treatments after an accident.

In any case, if your child isn’t old enough to consent to medical treatments, you’ll likely need to give parental consent.

If caregivers or healthcare professionals act without proper consent, they may face legal consequences (although, there may be exceptions in emergency situations).

Alternatively, your child’s condition could worsen or cause them physical pain while healthcare workers wait for permission to act.

Good news: a Child Medical Consent form helps prevent these situations.

Why should parents make medical decisions for their child?

Parents are responsible for the well-being of their children. Consenting (or refusing consent) to healthcare is a large part of maintaining a child’s quality of life. Of course, when your kids are old enough to understand, you can allow them to participate in medical decisions by:

  • Explaining how treatments work, their benefits, and potential side effects
  • Allowing them to ask questions
  • Asking for their input
  • Respecting their feelings

The legal age for a child to consent to medical care in Ireland is 16. Typically, parents are involved in health care decisions for children under 16. However, in exceptional cases, a child under 16 may be able to consent or refuse medical care. In such cases, the child must show that they fully understand the situation and the consequences of their choice.

Although hospitals and other health organisations may have their own policies on parental consent, typically only one parent needs to give permission.

However, if the parents are separated or divorced, they may have an agreement or a court order in which they specify which parent is in charge of making healthcare decisions. This parent might have sole custody of the child, although the other parent may see the child regularly.

If parents have joint custody, either parent can consent to treatments. 

Parents and legal guardians can use a Child Medical Consent form to grant authority to their child’s temporary caregivers, including:

  • Grandparents or other family members
  • Teachers
  • Childminders
  • Sports team coaches
  • Babysitters
  • Nannies
  • Nursery nurses

In most cases, it’s ideal to certify a Medical Consent form because it helps ensure your document is legally valid. You can certify your document by signing it in front of a Commissioner of Oaths or a practising solicitor.

A Commissioner of Oaths or practising solicitor:

  • Verifies the identity of the signing parties
  • Ensures the parties understand the agreement
  • Puts their official stamp or seal on the document

If you don’t plan to certify your document, LawDepot’s Medical Consent template will have a space for two witnesses to sign. A witness should be an independent third party who has no ties to the parent or child. A temporary caregiver should not be a witness.

Related documents

  • Child Travel Consent: Give a minor the permission to travel with one parent, someone who isn’t their legal guardian, or alone.
  • Separation Agreement: Divide assets, property, finances, and parenting arrangements when separating from your spouse.
  • Advance Healthcare Directive: Outline your health care preferences for when you’re incapacitated and can’t consent to your health care treatment.
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