Police Powers - Patients Found in Public Places

Police Powers - Patients Found in Public Places

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Course Overview

Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (the MHA) allows police intervention in the case of someone who appears to be suffering from a mental disorder and who is in a public place, to be taken to or kept in a “place of safety”.

The Policing and Crime Act 2017 (the PCA) has brought about quite significant changes to s136.

Intended as an introduction or reminder for those specialise in mental health law and tribunal work, this session will examine the changes to the PCA and will focus on the following:

  • Provisions of s136 of the MHA
  • Safeguards
  • Changes to what is regarded as a “Public place”
  • Changes regarding a “Place of safety”
  • Protective searches
  • Change in length of detention

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and review the reference notes and optional evaluation form to test your legal knowledge.
  • This course provides 0.5 – 1 CPD points (depending on length of time spent reviewing the supporting documentation).

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Be familiar with the changes made to s136 of the MHA by the PCA
  • • Feel confident when advising clients regarding s136

What is the target audience?

  • Mental health practitioners



About Instructor - Steph Barber

Steph Barber completed her legal training in the North West before setting up her own specialist commercial and medical negligence law firm. She sold her firm in 2000 and joined a progressive London charity as their in house counsel. Steph joined Law Hound to head up their commercial law department and has developed Law Hound's online legal services.

Steph enjoys travel and eating out in her spare time. Steph has lectured extensively on CPD courses, to the Court Service, Legal Services Commission and private practices on procedure and practice.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Notes
    3 Page
  • Evaluation
    1 Page


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