Derbyshire County Council v AC and others

Mental health – Court of Protection. AC, the patient, was born in June with significant learning disability. She came to the attention of adult social services when she presented to medical services as pregnant in 2012. Following various serious developments, a meeting was convened by the local authority at which it was resolved that AC required the protection of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and that the only way to provide this protection was to move AC into residential care and to deprive her of her liberty if necessary. The Court of Protection held it was AC's best interests that she should move to, and reside at the residential care home and although she lacked capacity to make decisions in respect of contact with other people, she had capacity to enter into sexual relations.

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