Mental Capacity Act 2005
The Mental Capacity Act 2005, covering England and Wales, provides a statutory framework for people who lack capacity to make decisions for themselves, or who have capacity and want to make preparations for a time when they may lack capacity in the future. It sets out who can take decisions, in which situations, and how they should go about this. The Act came into force in October 2007.
The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards came into force on 1 April 2009. They provide protection for vulnerable people who are accommodated in hospitals or care homes in circumstances that amount to a deprivation of their liberty and who lack the capacity to consent to the care or treatment they need. The safeguards do not apply to people detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.
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