Bournewood SafeguardsJoe Segen2016-12-04T18:50:02+00:00
Definition A series of safeguards implemented in the UK in 2009 and designed to protect the liberty interests of extremely vulnerable users with temporary or permanent mental disabilities, and to:
• Ensure they can be given the care they need in the least restrictive regimes
• Prevent arbitrary decisions that deprive vulnerable people of their liberty
• Provide safeguards for vulnerable people• Provide people with rights of challenge against unlawful detention
• Avoid unnecessary bureaucracy.
The term comes from the case, Regina v. Bournewood Community and Mental Health NHS Trust.
Synonyms Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty safeguards