Criminal offence of ill-treatment or wilful neglect: impact assessment

Document type
Impact Assessment
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Department of Health; Great Britain. Ministry of Justice
Publisher
Department of Health
Date of publication
27 February 2014
Subject(s)
Health Services, Criminal Justice Services, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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There is a small but important gap in existing legislation, whereby there are currently specific criminal offences addressing the ill-treatment or wilful neglect of children, adults who lack capacity, and, those subject to the Mental Health Act 1983. There is no specific offence in relation to adults with capacity. The Government has accepted the recommendation of Prof. Don Berwick who chaired the National Advisory Group on the Safety of Patients in England to create a new offence to fill this gap. This means there will be an offence to address conduct by health or social care workers or organisations which results in the ill-treatment or wilful neglect of any service users, not just the groups mentioned above.

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