The purpose of this paper is to examine safeguarding adults reviews (SARs) that refer to mental health legislation in order to contribute to the review of English mental health law (2018).
Searches of a variety of sources were conducted to compile a list of relevant SARs. These are summarised and their contexts assessed for what they reveal about the use and coherence of mental health legislation.
The interaction of the statutes under consideration, in particular the Mental Health Act (MHA) 1983, the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005, together with the Care Act 2014, presents challenges to practitioners and the efficacy of their application is variable.
In light of the absence of a duty to report SARs to a national register, it is possible that relevant SARs were missed in the search phase of this research, meaning that the results do not present a complete picture.
Examining cases where use of legislative provisions in mental health has been found wanting or legislation may not be easily implemented may inform initiatives to increase understanding of the law in this area.
This paper’s originality and value lie in its focus on mental health legislation as discussed in SARs at a time when both the MHA 1983 and the MCA 2005 are the focus of attention for reform.
The authors are grateful to the NIHR Policy Research Programme for funding this study. The views expressed are the authors alone and not necessarily shared by the Department of Health and Social Care, the NHS or the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
Manthorpe, J. and Martineau, S. (2019), "Mental health law under review: messages from English safeguarding adults reviews", The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 21 No. 1, pp. 46-64. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAP-10-2018-0020Download as .RIS
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