In the year to 31 March 2006
378 guardianship cases were closed and 451 new cases opened, resulting in 979 cases being open at the end of the year (increase by 1 per cent on 2005).
- In almost all cases (99 per cent) guardianship was conferred on the local authority, with the remaining 1 per cent conferred on a named individual or organisation.
- For case close during 2005-06 the average length of guardianship was 20 months. Of these cases 58 per cent were for over 6 months and 42 per cent were for 6 months or less. There was considerable variability in the average case length by Local Authority, ranging from 1 to 84 months.
- The 451 new case opened in the year to 31 March 2006 are small in number (1 per cent) in comparison with the 46,700 formal detentions in hospital, under the Mental Health Act 1983, for 2004-05.