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MCA and Young People

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Course details:

Dates have not yet been announced.

Course aims and objectives:

This course is aimed at social workers who work with young people of 16/17 to gain an overview of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and to enable them to integrate it into day to day practice. The course will look at the ethos of the Act around empowerment and supported decision making, how to assess capacity and the consideration of the concept of best interests.

Reference will be made to the continuum of how the Act provides a legal defence for professionals for routine decisions or interventions to provide care and treatment for young people who lack capacity, through to interventions that constitute restraint, moving through to interventions that go beyond “mere” restraint to a deprivation of liberty and what to do about it.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 applies to children and young people of 16/17 years old and how to integrate it into day to day practice
  • Examine the potential overlap between The Children Act 1989 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and explain circumstances in which each could apply with consideration of relevant up to date case law
  • Examine the interplay between capacity, consent and parental responsibility
  • Consider the ethical complexity of decision making and the balance between empowerment, autonomy and protection within a human and equality rights perspective
  • Recognise what constitutes “mere” restraint, interventions that go beyond “mere” restraint into a deprivation of liberty and when and how to apply the appropriate statutory framework now and in the future under the Liberty Protection Safeguards

For further information, or if you have booked a place on the course and have not received notification to attend please contact the Workforce Development & Learning Administrative Team. Please do not turn up to any course unless you have received notification of your place as the event may be fully booked.

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