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What does consent mean?

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Consent means that you agree to something.

The law recognises that you can’t really agree to something unless you really know what you are agreeing to, and what your choices are. This is extra important when the decision is about something that can’t be changed, or that might harm you in some way.

When you read the word consent in a law, it normally means informed consent.

Informed consent is when all of these things happen:

  • All the facts have been explained to you
  • You understand the facts
  • You understand your choices
  • You say yes to one of those choices

Informed consent is important is when you are considering medical treatment (like medicine or an operation). Medical practitioners (people like doctors or nurses) need to make sure you understand what will happen if they do something, and that you want them to do it.

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