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Parental consent for child piercings

18th October 2011

A proposal from the Welsh government has said young people aged under 16 would be prevented from having piercings unless they had parental permission.

Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said deaths had been caused due to piercings. Ms Griffiths said: "If a minimum age of consent for cosmetic piercing were introduced in Wales, I would favour setting the age at 16 years." She added that "in the main" 16-year-olds had the ability to "maturely and intelligently" weigh up the dangers and consequences of having a piercing.

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