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National Statistics
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Guardianship under the Mental Health Act 1983 - England, 2010

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Regions, Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs), Government Office Regions, Local Authorities
Date Range:
01 Apr 2002 to 31 Mar 2010


This report contains the latest statistics about cases of guardianship under Sections 7 and 37 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in England. It contains information at national and local authority level. This will be relevant to anyone with responsibility for handling applications for guardianship or who is involved in monitoring uses of the Mental Health Act and the rights of people with mental disorders. It will be of particular interest to local social services authorities who are the named guardians in the majority of cases and who supply the data used for these statistics.

Key Facts

In 2009-10:

  • For the fifth consecutive year there was a decrease in the number of continuing guardianship cases open at the end of the year. 836 cases were open on 31 March 2010, compared with 877 in 2009.
  • 57 per cent of the 420 new cases in the year were for women, but none of these were under Section 37 (following a conviction). Amongst continuing cases, 86 per cent of those under Section 37 were for men.
  • For the eighth consecutive year the guardianship was conferred on the local authority in more than 99 per cent of new cases.
  • The majority of Guardianship cases closed had lasted less than a year. 57 per cent of the 433 cases which were closed during the year lasted less than 12 months
  • More than half the Guardianship cases continuing at the end of the year were being managed by 22 of the 152 local authorities in England.


Last edited: 11 April 2018 4:16 pm