Police Powers - Search and Removal

Police And Mental Health Patients

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Course Overview

This session looks at police powers when dealing with patients who are liable to be detained or are subject to guardianship and who are absent without authority (AWOL).

Delivered by Steph Barber, a former mental health practitioner and lecturer at Law Hound, this session will provide viewers with an overview of the relevant changes made by the Policing and Crime Act 2017 or the PCA and will consider the following:

  • Who AWOL patients are
  • Dealing with AWOL patients – s18 Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA)
  • The changes made to s135 and 136 MHA
  • The power to detain
  • AWOL patients – criminal proceedings 
  • Searching a patient

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 viewers will have a greater understanding of police powers in respect of searching and removing patients and will feel more confident in their ability to advise such clients accordingly

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


  • Price
  • £ 60