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The Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice for Wales

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Guidance to professionals about their responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 1983.

We want to make sure people detained under that Act are provided with the best service.

As well as providing guidance for professionals, the Code of practice also provides information for patients, their families and carers.

Accessible information booklets for detained patients, informal patients,  nearest relatives and friends and family are also available.

The code was revised in 2016 to take account of stakeholders’ views during our consultation, as well as changes in the law and professional practice. We have  published our response to the  consultation exercise. The code of practice is effective from 3 October 2016. It has been prepared in accordance with section 118 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

If you have any queries, please email: mentalhealthandvulnerablegroups@gov.wales