Consent for mental health treatment of young adults

While I acknowledge your concerns, section 2 of the Age of Legal Capacity (Scotland) Act 1991 states that under 16s have legal capacity to consent to any surgical, medical or dental procedure or treatment where, in the opinion of a qualified medical practitioner, they are capable of understanding the nature and possible consequences of the procedure or treatment.

Off the back of a petition on consent for mental health treatment for those aged under 18, I understand the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee launched an inquiry into mental health support for young people in Scotland, which reported back in July 2020. In conducting its report, the committee noted strong support amongst key stakeholders, including the Scottish Government, for the principle that young people aged under 18 should be able to give informed consent to treatment for themselves and that patient confidentiality should be protected.