Practice Guidance

Deprivation of liberty in psychiatric settings: quick guide

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If a patient either cannot or does not consent to their admission, assessment and/or treatment for a mental disorder in the psychiatric setting, then it will almost certainly involve a deprivation of their liberty. This looks at the factors that are likely to be taken into account when considering whether a deprivation of liberty is taking place in a psychiatric setting.

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