The legal aspects of the care and treatment of children and young people with mental disorder: a guide for professionals

Author:
NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR MENTAL HEALTH IN ENGLAND
Publisher:
National Institute for Mental Health in England
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
119p.
Place of publication:
London

This document provides guidance and good practice to assist practitioners to identify the appropriate legislative framework to use when assessing or treating a child or young person who may require inpatient treatment for services mental health problems. The Guide is divided into two parts. Part 1 considers the application of the law, and covers general principles; decision making in relation to the admission and treatment of children and young people; admission to hospital for assessment and/or treatment for mental health disorder; treatment, capacity and consent; discharge from hospital; supervised community treatment; and treatment regulated under part 4A of the Mental Health Act 1983. Part 2 contains additional information and resources, including an overview of relevant legislation; the framework of services to children and young people after discharge from hospital, such as after care planning and the Care Programme Approach; and glossary and resources. The guide is aimed at mental health professionals working with children, young people and families in children and adolescent services (CAMHS) and adult mental health services. It is relevant to children services practitioners with responsibilities for safeguarding.

Subject terms:
mental capacity, mental health law, mental health services, hospital admission, hospital discharge, policy, severe mental health problems, supervised community treatment, young people, child and adolescent mental health services, children, decision making;
Content type:
practice guidance
Location(s):
England
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