Pre-procedure pregnancy checking for under-16s - Guidance for clinicians
Determining pregnancy status in young female patients under 16 years of age is an area that clinicians may find difficult. This practical guide sets out the issues, risks and approaches that NHS organisations may consider when developing their policies in this area.
While NICE and the Health Protection Agency state clearly that pregnancy checking is required before surgical or radiological procedures, the ethical, practical and contextual considerations when enquiring about sexual activity below the age of consent risk compromising compliance with good practice.
Developed on behalf of five professional bodies by a multidisciplinary working group, Pre-procedure pregnancy checking in under-16s aims to support local child health teams in brokering conversations and agreement.
Main guidance and supplementary documents
The main document is accompanied by four supplementary documents setting out the research evidence, statistics and risks, and a set of templates for local production of materials. Please use and disseminate this guidance widely and we hope that you will find the document useful in your work.
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about statistics and risks (PDF, 162 KB, 3 pages)
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The guidance is supported by:
- Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
- Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland
- British Association of Paediatric Surgeons
- Children’s Surgical Forum
- Royal College of Nursing
If you need more information or background to the project or wish to share examples of how your trust has approached the issue, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.