Sexual boundary issues in psychiatric settings

Royal College of Psychiatrists
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30p., bibliog.
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This revision of the original College Report CR52: Sexual Abuse and Harassment in Psychiatric Settings (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1996) has led to a review within a wider remit, taking into account major developments in the legal framework within which patients are treated and encompassing a broader discussion on sexuality. Issues of capacity and consent are relevant for all areas of care, and psychiatric professionals have to balance principles of autonomy and protection. Particularly relevant in this context are the Human Rights Act (1998), the Sexual Offences Act (2003),the Mental Capacity Act (2003), and additional legislation regarding standards of care for both adults and children. The area is one of high risk in terms of likelihood and impact because of the vulnerability of the patient group.

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law, patients, psychiatry, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, sexuality;
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