Mental Health Casework Section, 'Section 17 - leave of absence' (December 2020)

Leave guidance "This document sets out information for medical professional considering applications for community leave under section 17 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA). This guide provides valuable information to help ensure the safe management of restricted patients whilst detained in hospital and help prepare them for subsequent life in the community when discharged." Alternative titles: "Leave guidance" ( web page) and "MHCS Leave Guidance for Medical Professionals" (link title on


Word document created 9/12/20. Published (republished?) 5/3/21.


Type: Guidance🔍

Title: Section 17 - leave of absence

Author: Mental Health Casework Section🔍 · Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service🔍

Date: December 2020🔍

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