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Assent for children's participation in research is incoherent and wrong
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    Assent is not perfect but its abolition could be worse
    • Helen M Sammons, Associate Professor of Child health
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      • Dr Bridget Young, Reader, institute of Psychology, University of Liverpool and Dr Patrina Caldwell, Senior lecturer, Paediatrics & Child Health, Children's Hospital, Westmead, Australia.

    We read with interest Dr Baines's article on assent for children's participation in research [1] and were pleased that he has highlighted the complexities surrounding assent. We agree that the current situation is confused and legal guidance is inconsistent. This primarily hinges on the poor definition of assent and its place in the consent process.

    We do however challenge Dr Baines's suggestion that assent does...

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