Learning resources: Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) in social work

Department of Health, October 2015

These resources provide guidance for adult social care workers on the Mental Capacity Act and how it relates to their continuing professional development.

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Advance Planning for People with Bipolar Disorder

East Midlands Academic Science Network, February 2015

This guide has been developed by NHS and university partners and is based on extensive research involving people with Bipolar Disorder and is designed to help them advance plan for times when they might be unwell. The booklet will help people with Bipolar Disorder to understand the Mental Capacity Act and navigate the law.  The booklet has the potential to support people with Bipolar Disorder by helping them to retain control as well as protect their welfare, property and finances during periods where they may experience a loss of capacity.

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Mental Capacity Act: government response to the House of Lords Select Committee report

Department of Health/Ministry of Justice, October 2014

The government, together with our partners, has closely considered the 39 recommendations of the House of Lords. It has also reviewed inputs and insights received from our discussions with a wide range of stakeholders. This response sets out a system-wide programme of work over 2014 to 2015 and beyond that we believe will make a real improvement to the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act.

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Council unlawfully deprived woman of liberty due to ignorance of Mental Capacity Act

Community Care, 26 September 2014

A council multiply breached the human rights of a learning disabled woman after unlawfully depriving her of her liberty, due to practitioners’ ignorance of the Mental Capacity Act 2005…

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50% of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards cases breaching legal timescales

Community Care, 1 October 2014

More than half of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (Dols) cases are breaching legal timescales for completion after a landmark Supreme Court ruling in March triggered a nine-fold rise in monthly referrals to councils, a Community Care investigation has found…

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Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (England), Annual Report 2013-14

Health & Social Care Information Centre, September 2014

The report provides the key findings from the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) data collection for the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014.   A Deprivation of Liberty (DoL) refers to a restriction of an individual’s freedom such as physical restraint or constant supervision. The DoLS are a set of legal requirements which ensure that individuals are only deprived of their liberty in a necessary and proportionate way and provide protection for individuals once a DoL has been authorised.

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