The Department of Health and Social Care has published an outcome report following its consultation on the White Paper on reforming the Mental Health Act in England and Wales. The report includes a section addressing the White Paper proposal that 16- and 17-year-olds should have the same right to choose a nominated person as an adult if a practitioner establishes that a child is Gillick competent. Of 1,282 responses to this question: 67% of responses agreed/strongly agreed with the proposal; while 15% disagreed/strongly disagreed and 18% were not sure. The report acknowledges that some respondents raised concerns around how the reforms to the Act will apply to children and young people and stated that the government will work with stakeholders to develop proposals so that adjustments are made and that the reforms fit with existing legislation that applies to children and young people.
Read the consultation outcome: Reforming the Mental Health Act
Source: Department of Health and Social Care
Date: 15 July 2021