Dr Sham Mahmood

Hi Rashmi,

There’s not a particularly clear answer to this as the age of consent varies between the home nations. As you’ve rightly noted Scotland deems children aged over 12 to have the competence to make this decision. Whereas in England, Wales and Northern Ireland need to demonstrate this competence if under the age of 16.

GDPR further complicates this as the age of consent as mentioned by the ICO is 13.

I would say that for the AKT it’s probably not a case of being able to know the age of consent but more around understanding the context of whether or not a child would be deemed competent to make a decision.



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