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Welfare of Child Assessment

Welfare of the child assessment

  • The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 (HFE Act) requires that any fertility clinic in the UK offering assisted conception treatment must take account of the welfare of any child born as a result of the treatment (including the need of that child for supportive parenting), and of any other existing child who may be affected by the birth.


  • Where necessary, we may need to make further enquiries from other relevant individuals, authorities or agencies and request relevant factual information, medical or otherwise about you that might have implications for the health or welfare of any resulting child.


  • Your consent will be sought before any such contact is made. Failure to give consent may be taken into account when considering whether or not to offer treatment.

'I feel it is important to relay my experience back to let the staff know they are doing a brilliant job! I would like them to know I appreciated all they did for myself, my family and our beautiful baby girl.'

Patient, Labour Ward, Darlington Memorial Hospital