The laws surrounding teens and health care can be vague and confusing. Depending on the situation, teens have the right to make some health decisions on their own. Confidentiality and consent laws vary depending on the teen’s age and the treatment needed. Visit our Teen Health Guide online to learn more.
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The rights of teenagers are complex and can often be difficult to understand. To help navigate teen and student rights, you can request a speaker to discuss these topics with your class or youth program, extracurricular or community group, or others who need to know about youth rights. In addition to providing speakers, we also have a variety of readily accessible resources.
The Know Your Rights: Teens & Students PowerPoint presentation contains 30 slides! You can print handouts of the PowerPoint slides so audience members can follow along and take notes. The presentation overviews interactions with police, students’ rights when in school, and teen health and the law. We also compiled a speaker outline and Frequently Asked Questions which provides more information related to youth rights and can assist individuals to lead an informed discussion. You can expect this program to run about 60 minutes including the presentation, questions and discussion.
Want to learn more about teen health and the law? Check out Your Health and the Law: A Guide for Teens.
This booklet helps to clarify the often confusing and complicated laws that govern teens health care rights. Legal explanations are accompanied by examples of situations teens might face, as well as online and social service agency resources. Download the booklet in English or Spanish for free or purchase print copies.
You can also request a speaker to present to educators, medical staff, youth, parents, or others who need to know about teens’ rights, or check out our teaching resources for PowerPoint presentations, outlines, and other tools to help present information about teens’ medical rights.