Medical practitioners are able to provide contraception or abortion to young patients aged 16 and under if they are deemed to be ‘Gillick competent’. This means the young patient has “sufficient understanding and intelligence to enable them to understand fully what is proposed”. If a young patient is Gillick competent, they are able to provide a valid legal consent to an abortion. Further information can be found here. (Source: Children By Choice)
Key considerations for young people include: reducing the structural barriers to services such as cost, access to transport and service operating hours, and the creation of a welcoming, non-judgemental service environment.