Bournewood Safeguards

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Bournewood Safeguards


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 


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