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Sex, dementia, capacity and care homes

By Peter Bartlett

Abstract

This paper addresses the appropriate legal and policy approach to sexual conduct involving people with dementia in care homes, where the mental capacity of one or both partners is compromised. Such conduct is prohibited by sections 34–42 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, but this article asks whether this blanket prohibition is necessarily the appropriate response. The article considers a variety of alternative responses, eventually arguing that clearer guidance regarding prosecution should be issued

Publisher: Springer
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.nottingham.ac.uk:1440
Provided by: Nottingham ePrints

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