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Mental Health Law in Wales

Laws which affect mental health services in Wales.

Most mental health law applies in England and Wales. However, since the Government of Wales Act, the Welsh Assembly has been able to pass its own laws and make changes to England-Wales laws as they apply in Wales.

The three main laws which affect mental health services in Wales are:

  • Mental Health Act 1983 (revised 2007)
  • Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Other legislation which affects mental health services includes the Social Services and Wellbeing Act 2014 and the Future Generations Act 2015.