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Caring for Children with Severe Disabilities: Boundaried and Relational Rights

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This chapter focuses on the recent European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) judgment in the case of Glass v UK, a landmark decision for the impact of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms on healthcare law demonstrating the importance of rights in the protection of this particularly vulnerable group of children. The author's concern in the chapter is the care of children with severe disabilities. Assessment of the best interests of the child remains a central determining principle in decisions about the treatment, non-treatment and withdrawal of treatment from children with severe disabilities. A relational concept of rights would embrace the realities of caring for children with severe disabilities and a wider range of factors relevant to their best interests.

Keywords: children with severe disabilities; European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR); healthcare law



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