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Hello! – and welcome to my award-winning BLOG which has been running for around six years and has been used almost two million times around the World.

Since this blog began, the law of England and Wales and the Codes of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983 have all been updated, sometimes more than once. When using this post as a reference tool, check the date of publication (displayed beneath each post) and cross-reference to the Government legislation website or current Codes of Practice. Police powers under the MHA changed on 11th December 2017, rendering aspects of the current Codes of Practice, redundant.

My latest post is the last I will be doing in the PaCA series prior to its implementation on 11th December.  It is aimed at those who have expressed an interest in ‘getting around’ the perceived bureaucracy of the MHA amendments by making legal decisions which aim to frustrate the whole point sitting behind the changes brought it.  Making the new amendments work for the benefit of those of us who live with mental health problems should be more important than the bureaucracy, perceived or real, within the new legislation.

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The Policing and Crime Act

I have produced a series of posts on the new Policing and Crime Act 2017. The introductory post outlines what I’m trying to do with it all and contains links to the series.  It also contains links to posts which set out the new sections 135, 136 and 138 as they now appear in law.

The changes took effect on 11th December 2017.

The last post from this series concerns the intention which sit behind it all – it follows on from various comments about how organisations may seek to ‘get around’ the difficulties that some areas may face depending on their local arrangements. The idea, for example, is to keep children out of police custody: not to encourage police officers to arrest children for spurious offences to justify taking them to jail under other laws! I personally think it’s shame that needs saying at all, but it’s an idea that seems to be frequently occurring and the test of this stuff is arguably found in professionals making sure the intentions behind the laws are given their full effect.

– I’d hope all professionals give this one a careful read!

IMG_0053I was proud to be awarded the The President’s Medal by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

It is awarded for “a significant contribution to the lives of people with mental illness.”
– Professor Sir Simon WESSLEY, President, RCPsych.

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