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What is a section?

1) What is a section?

A sectioning order is legislation powers given to health care professionals and police officers under the Mental Health Act’s of 1983 and 2007 that allow for compulsory admission of an individual to hospital or a place of safety. These are enacted if a patient is judged to have a mental disorder that is sufficiently severe to require treatment for said disorder or to remove a person to a place of safety who could be at risk of being a danger to themselves or the public.



  • Crown Copyright (1983) Mental Health Act 1983 [online]. Available at: (Accessed 21/07/17) (amended by the Mental Health Act 2007)
  • J. Collier, M. Longmore, T. Turmezel and A. R. Mafi. Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties, 8th edition, Oxford University press, 2008, pp: 398-401

2. Who Can Enforce a Sectioning Order?

3. What are the main sections used for?



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