The Coronavirus Act 2020 makes amendments to the Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016. The temporary provisions relax some of the requirements of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards during the Coronavirus emergency, to ensure that persons can still be deprived of liberty during the pandemic crisis when staff availability may be significantly reduced.
The Department has made a Code of Practice for the amendments which provides practical guidance on how they operate. Emergency forms and a reporting template for Health and Social Care Trusts have also been created.
The Code of Practice and Emergency Forms can be downloaded below.