Guardianship

The Mental Health Act 1983 has been amended by the Mental Health Act 2007, introducing changes to the procedures related to guardianship applications. The Mental Health (Hospital, Guardianship and Treatment) (England) Regulations 2008 No. 1184 was implemented on 3 November 2008 and provides guidance on the statutory forms and procedures to be used within the context of guardianship. The Mental Health Act Code of Practice 2015 (CoP) Chapter 30.16 requires the Local Social Services Authority (LSSA) to “have a policy setting out the arrangements for the way in which it will discharge its responsibilities in relation to Guardianship”.