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Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Subject categories: General Health and Social Care, Safeguarding and Legal

Course overview

This course has been developed to provide learners with an understanding of the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. It will help challenge staff in the way they think around what could be seen as a deprivation of liberty and making sure there are adequate safeguards in place. This will support them to inform and involve an individual they support to make decisions about their life. This course will explore how this act will affect them and their practice and the individuals that they support.
This course is delivered using a range of methods and resources including:
Scenarios, case studies, debates, small group activities, DVD clips and completion of a personal action plan.
This course has been developed and mapped to:
The Mental Capacity Act 2005
The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 2009
And the following QCF units:
Principles of Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care 
Introduction to Duty of Care in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
Principles for Implementing Duty of Care in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings

Course content

What is the Mental Capacity Act?
Who is affected by the Act?
What is mental capacity?
The five core principles
What is lack of capacity?
Assessment of capacity
Helping people make a decision
Record keeping and handling information
The Law
Safeguarding and protection
Reflection of previous practice
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
What could been seen as a deprivation?
Supreme Court Ruling
Court of Protection
Lasting Power of Attorney
Documentation you need to have in place
Submitting an Authorisation/Urgent Authorisation
How long could a deprivation be in place for?
Reviewing practice/keeping up to date 

Learning outcomes

State what The Mental Capacity Act is
List the five core principles
Sate what lack of capacity is
Describe the process to assess capacity
Explain how to support individuals how to make decisions
Explain how mental capacity can impact on safeguarding and protection
Give an example of a deprivation of liberty
Describe the documentation you need to have in place
State how long a deprivation could be in place for 
Complete a personal action plan


6 hours

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