Factsheet: Mental Health (Care & Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003

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Table of Contents

List of Leaflets


The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 was passed by the Scottish Parliament in March 2003 and came into effect in October 2005.

The new Act covers issues like:

  • What your rights are
  • When you can be taken into hospital against your will
  • When you can be given treatment against your will
  • Safeguards to make sure your rights are protected

List of Leaflets

The Scottish Executive produced a range of leaflets which provide detailed information on the Act and how it works.  Please click on the links below to find out more.

A Short Introduction

An Easy Read Guide

A Guide to Named Persons

A Guide to Advance Statements

A Guide to Independent Advocacy

A Guide to Emergency and Short-term Powers

A Guide to Consent to Treatment

An Introduction to Mental Health Tribunals for Scotland

A Guide to the Appeal Process

A Guide to the Role of the Mental Health Officer

A Guide to Carers Rights

A Guide to Compulsory Treatment Orders

A Guide for people involved in Criminal Justice Proceedings

A Guide to the roles and duties of NHS Boards and Local Authorities

The Role of the Mental Welfare Commission

Putting Principles into Practice

Some of the above leaflets are available in a range of languages.  Go to the website to find out more.

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