584. Prosecution of offences.

584.     Prosecution of offences.

Local social services authorities1 may institute proceedings for the following offences2:


    (1)     the forgery of or the making of false statements in applications, recommendations or other documents required or authorised for the purposes of the Mental Health Act 19833;


    (2)     ill-treatment or wilful neglect of patients receiving treatment for mental disorder who are in-patients or out-patients, or who are subject to guardianship or otherwise in the custody or care of an individual, or who are subject to after-care under supervision4;


    (3)     assisting patients to absent