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This commentary considers the High Court decision in R (Axon) v Secretary of State for Health, which rejected a challenge by a parent to the policy of granting confidentiality to children seeking advice on abortion or other sexual matters. The case provides a robust defence of child confidentiality and confirms the ongoing application of Gillick principles following the Human Rights Act 1998. The case also suggests a growing respect for the rights and autonomy of children which, if followed, could have considerable implications for other areas of child law.
The Red Book is the acknowledged authority on practice and procedure