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Children's Medical Treatment and the Law: table of reported judgments

Complete table of Cases June 2024 [PDF 556.83KB]

This table of reported judgments first appeared as an appendix to Jo Bridgeman, Medical Treatment of Children and the Law: Beyond Parental Responsibilities, (Routledge, 2020). It lists all reported cases concerning the medical treatment of children from the first case of Re D in 1976 and is updated monthly. In addition to the case citation and judge, the table includes: age and medical condition of the child, the treatment at issue, the process by which the case was referred to court, the decision of the court and identifies important issues raised by the case. It is available for download as a resource for anyone working on, or interested in the issues raised by, the law concerning the medical treatment of children.

The book, Medical Treatment of Children and the Law: Beyond Parental Responsibilities, undertakes a critical analysis of the case law concerned with the provision of medical treatment to children since the first reported cases over forty years ago. It argues that understanding of the cases only as disputes over, and judicial resolution of, the best interests of the child fails to recognise professional duties and public responsibilities for the welfare and protection of children that exist alongside parental responsibilities and which justify public, or state, intervention into family life and parental decision-making. Whilst the principles, and approach, of the court established in the early cases endures, the nature, and balance, of these responsibilities to children in their care need to be understood in the social, legal, political context in which they are exercised and enforced by the court.

If you identify cases concerning the medical treatment of children that you think should be included, please email Jo Bridgeman:


My infant feeding journey – women’s experiences of infant feeding in the UK

We are researching women’s experiences of infant feeding in the UK. We want to find out about the impact that central government policy has on individual people’s lives.

We are seeking stories from women to help us find out more about women’s experiences of infant feeding. We would like to involve all women in this project, whatever method of feeding was chosen (eg bottle, breast, formula, supplementary nursing system, expressed breast milk, donor breast milk, wet nursing, cross nursing, milk sharing, exclusive pumping, combination/mixed feeding, tube feeding).

What will I need to do?

We would like you to write about your infant feeding journey. It can be as long or short as you like, it is your story. You might want to consider things such as how and why you decided to feed your child in a particular way, what support you had, what support you would have liked, whether you had any problems and challenges, how you felt throughout the journey. Please include anything and everything that you feel is important.
Please read the full participant information sheet. Contact Ruth Stirton, if you have any questions.

Please download and complete the consent form, and send it to with your story.

Ruth Stirton presented some preliminary findings at the University of Tasmania on 8 November 2018. You can download the slides here. 

Get involved and stay connected

Join the research project page on Facebook or search @myinfantfeedingjourney on Facebook to find the page.

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