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Prosecutions double for abuse or neglect of people who lack capacity

User AvatarPosted by Kathryn Platten at 05/11/2014 12:29:19

Posted by Community Care Wednesday 5 November 2014

Number of care workers or carers charged with offences under Mental Capacity Act 2005 reached all-time high in 2013-14

The number of prosecutions of care staff and family carers for abuse or neglect of adults lacking mental capacity more than doubled last year, figures show.

In 2013-14, 349 charges were made and reached a first magistrates’ court hearing in England and Wales in relation to the offences of carer ill-treatment or wilful neglect under section 44 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA), up from 168 in 2012-13.

This the highest number since the act’s introduction. The offence applies to people who care for a person who lacks capacity and covers both paid staff and informal carers.

In addition, six charges were made against people given lasting power of attorney to manage affairs of people who lack capacity to do so, up from one in 2012-13.

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