It is illegal for the state to deprive someone of their liberty without due authorisation if the person lacks the mental capacity to consent to it.
In March a Supreme Court judgement changed the threshold for deprivation of liberty, so many more people fall into the revised definition. In the case of housing settings, authorisation currently has to be obtained from the Court of Protection. This is impacting on housing settings, e.g. voids building up as local authorities reluctant to apply to Court of Protection; closer scrutiny by the Care Quality Commission.
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