Monday, October 20, 2008

New code of practice for Mental Health Act

The deprivation of liberty safeguards were part of the 2007 Mental Health Act and provide a framework by which people who lack the capacity to consent to care or treatment can be deprived of their liberty temporarily, in their own best interest. The Department of Health has just issued a Code of Practice containing guidance on the safeguards. As well as being used by health professionals the Code is also intended to provide information for people who are, or who could become, the subject of a deprivation of liberty; for families, friends or carers and for anyone who believes that someone is being deprived of their liberty unlawfully.

You can download a copy of the safeguards at

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