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The Maze (fourth edition 2015) provides a practical guide to the Mental Health Act (MHA or the Act) 1983 (Amended 2007). It is aimed to assist Mental Health Practitioners, Mental Health Act Administrators, Associate Hospital Managers, staff working in general acute hospital settings and professional staff at all levels with their understanding of the Act. It will also be of interest to anyone with a general interest or who is studying mental health law. The book is not just suitable for those working in health, but also anyone involved in social care, legal or police work.

A Practical Guide to the Mental Health Act is published following the implementation of the 2007 Mental Health Act. It covers significant changes in how Mental Health Tribunals are organised and how the new role of the Care Quality Commission (previously the Mental Health Act Commission) in safeguarding the rights of people detained under the Mental Health Act.

The Maze addresses the safeguards within the Act protecting the civil liberties of detained service users. It covers: The Human Rights Act 1998, The Mental Health Capacity Act 2005 (including Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards which were introduced in April 2009), Children and Young People, Forensics; and Mental Health Administration.

The Guide includes specialist chapters dealing with forensic patients; patients under the age of 18 and the role of those working in Mental Health Act administration.

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