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Guardianship under the Mental Health Act 1983, England 2015-16, National Statistics

Publication date: 09:30 August 04, 2016


This report contains information on the use of Guardianship under Section 7 and 37 of the Mental Health Act 1983 during the reporting period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, as well as the yearly time series since 2003-04.

Key Facts

For the 2015-16 reporting period there were 175 new Guardianship cases, a decrease of 16 per cent from last year. This follows a 29 per cent decrease between 2013-14 and 2014-15.


As at 31 March 2016, 415 people in England were subject to a Guardianship order, 18 per cent fewer than at the same point in 2015. This is also the eleventh consecutive year of decline in continuing cases, from 940 cases in 2004-05 to 415 cases in 2015-16, a reduction of 56 per cent over this period.


The number of closed cases reduced compared to the previous year, with 250 cases closed in 2015-16 compared to 305 in 2013-14 (a reduction of 18 per cent). The number of closed cases has now reduced for six consecutive years, since the peak of 495 cases in 2009-10. This represents an overall reduction of 50 per cent since 2009-10.


Date Range: 01 April 2015 to 31 March 2016
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: Local Authorities, County, Regions

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