Keys to youth friendly services - Obtaining informed consent

Obtaining informed consent is a vital aspect of good medical practice. Health professionals should apply their understanding of evolving capacity and awareness of the law in their own country context to assess how far they can include young people in the decision-making process.

In order to give informed consent, young people must be able to access information that is comprehensive enough for them to be able to make independent, informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health; and which is presented in a way that is easy to understand, and appropriate to the comprehension and maturity level of the client – Article 8 of Sexual Rights: an IPPF Declaration

Health professionals can be good advocates for the removal of laws that prevent young people from realising their sexual and reproductive rights (for example parental consent laws) – Article 7 of Sexual Rights: an IPPF Declaration


  • an example of guidelines governing young people’s right to consent to treatment, from the UK
  • a case study on ensuring informed consent during a consultation about contraception
  • guidance on establishing, understanding and modelling consent
  • a checklist for being a youth-friendly health professional