If you are 16yr and over you may book your own appointments and see us on your own.
If you are under 16y we prefer you are accompanied by a responsible adult but we are always willing to talk with you or see you confidentially, if you prefer not to involve your parent or guardian.
If a decision has to be made about your care, involving treatment or a referral for instance, we would always encourage you to talk with your parent or guardian. Sometimes you may not want to though we would want to discuss this with you and offer to help you do this or do it for you if you preferred. If you still wanted it to remain confidential and we were happy that you understood all the issues and were mature enough to make this 'informed' decision we would respect your choice, though if legal issues such as exploitation or abuse were involved or your safety was at stake, we may be obliged to report it.
Up to age 11yr parents are assumed to have access and control of the child's records and services and parents have 'proxy' access and control.
After 11yr, in the best interests of that child, parents may retain this facility. However, children and young people under the age of 16y may, if considered 'Gillick competent' or 'Fraser competent', be able to give their own informed consent. Working out what degree of 'competence' a young person may have to decide their own level of consent is often difficult and will require careful discussion and consideration in each case.
Young people over the age of 16yr have the automatic right of consent, unless considered inappropriate: they can allow or refuse permission for someone else to access their records and services on their behalf.
There's lots of advice out there but it can be confusing and sometimes just wrong.
A safe place to start is the NHS.UK site - full of great info., regularly updated.