Who can give consent for a child to be tested?

Someone with Parental Responsibility for a child must provide written consent:

  • The mother of the child will automatically have Parental Responsibility
  • The father of the child who is married to the mother will also automatically have Parental Responsibility
  • The father who is not married to the mother may also have Parental Responsibility if:
    • He is named on the birth certificate, provided that the birth was registered (or re-registered) after 1st December 2003, or
    • He has a formal Parental Responsibility Agreement lodged with a court, or
    • He has a Parental Responsibility Order or a Residence Order
Someone other than the parents may also have Parental Responsibility for a child (usually by Court Order).

In signing the Consent form for a child you are confirming not only that you give consent, but also that you have the legal right to provide consent. Please seek Legal advice if there is any doubt about whether you have Parental Responsibility. Please note that it is a serious offence, punishable by fine and/or imprisonment, to impersonate another person for the purpose of providing a bodily sample, or to submit a sample for testing when you are not in a position to provide consent for that sample to be tested.