A Clinician’s Brief Guide to Children’s Mental Health Law
This is a practical guide for clinicians working with children and young people under the age of 18 that focuses on essential elements of children’s mental health law. The law affecting treatment decisions in the field of children’s mental health is complex and is often poorly understood by clinicians, who lack clarity in knowing what can and cannot be done to young people when it comes to looking after their mental disorders and safeguarding their rights. This book examines the rather peculiar relationship between the young person with a mental health disorder and the law, as mediated by family, community and doctors. It will help clinicians to make sense of the various existing legal frameworks and professional guidelines to be found concerning children’s mental health legislation. The book covers the relevant aspects of the Human Rights Act 1998, the Mental Capacity Act 2005, the Mental Health Act amendments of 2007 and the Children’s Act. It draws upon many examples from case law. A basic understanding of law as applied to the mental health of children and young people is increasingly required by all doctors and this book will be invaluable to all mental health professionals who work with children and young people, plus lawyers, social workers, paediatricians, and anyone involved in research or policy in this area of work. Readership: Primary audience child and adolescent psychiatrists. ;
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