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The Mental Capacity Act: protecting vulnerable adults

Posted: January 6th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Anyone who works with or cares for a person who is unable to make their own decisions must be aware of The Mental Capacity Act and its implications. It is designed to protect those who are made vulnerable by a lack of mental capacity that impairs their decision-making capabilities.

There are numerous reasons why a person may not be able to make decision on their own, ranging from mental health conditions and learning difficulties to brain injuries and being in an unconscious state.

The act aims to safeguard a person’s right to making decisions that affect them, as well as ensuring that provisions are made in anticipation of a loss of mental capacity. It is designed to protect not only the individuals concerned, but also those who care for them and make decisions in their best interests.

This is a complex issue and specific care training is essential for those who need to ensure compliance in the context of their profession. The course provides an overview of the Mental Capacity Act and Framework, as well as explaining the necessity of the Deprivation of Liberties Safeguards. It also equips students with the skills necessary to identify and deal with cases of deprivation of liberty.

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