Figures show fall in mental health 'guardianship' cases
- 25 Sep
The number of guardianship cases under the Mental Health Act has fallen in England, new figures show.
Guardianship allows certain decisions to be taken by social services or a named individual on behalf of a person with a mental disorder.
For instance, a named person may be asked to make decisions about where the person lives or what appointments they need to attend.
A total of 331 new guardianship cases were opened in England in 2011-12, down from 347 in 2010-11 and representing a 31 per cent decrease since 2002-03.
There were also 682 continuing cases at the end of 2011-12, while 357 cases were closed, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) report.
The report noted that ongoing fall in cases is likely to be linked to the introduction of community treatment orders (CTOs) in November 2008 and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) in April 2009.
Tim Straughan, chief executive of the HSCIC, said:
"[The report] gives an important insight into the use of guardianship in protecting the interests of some of the most vulnerable in society.
While guardianship cases have fallen, the use of CTOs and applications for DoLS has risen."
Source: Net Doctor
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