consent and competency

We have recently been made aware of the notion of Gillick Competency. This is a medico-legal concept which we believe may have leverage  when it comes to the age at which children can be said to be able to give  consent to going to boarding school.Of course, we recognise that medical matters are not directly comparable to educational ones, but the idea seems relevant that:”…it is not enough that she should understand  the nature of the advice which is being given: she must also have a  sufficient maturity to understand what is involved.”

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