The purpose of guardianship is to enable patients to receive care in the community where it cannot be provided without the use of compulsory powers. Section 7 of the Mental Health Act 2003 allows for guardianship under the auspices of a council on the recommendation of two doctors and an application by an approved social worker or nearest relative.
This report has information on the number of cases of guardianship that councils were responsible for during the last year. Data is available on the main disorder, gender and relationship of the guardian to the client.
If you need more specific breakdowns of the data, have queries or would like to cite information contained within the report, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0845 300 6016.