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New code of practice for the Mental Health Act has been issued today

A new code of practice for the Mental Health Act has been issued, marking the first revision to the code since 2008 due to l come into effect from 1st April 2015.  Significant amendments to the code include a new chapter on the interface between the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act and updated chapters on the use of restraint and seclusion rooms.

There is a chapter which provides guidance on the role of those with parental responsibility for a child or young person; confidentiality and sharing information; how children and young people should be safeguarded where admission to hospital is not appropriate and on decisions related to admission and treatment.

A copy of the new code can be downloaded by clicking on the link below:

DoH-Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice
[PDF Document, 2.5MB]

For further information please visit the GOV.UK website.