Mental Capacity Act training for professionals working with children, young people and their families - Virtual

Date & Time:

Friday 3 July 2020 (13:30 - 16:30)

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Group Level 2 (in regular contact with children, young people and/or parent/carer) or Level 3 (predominately working with children) as set out in the Safeguarding Competency framework in London Safeguarding Child Procedures. NHS Inter-Collegiate Standards 2 and 3 for health professionals


The aim of this course is to give participants an overall understanding of how the MCA applies to their day to-day work settings. The focus is on the ability (i.e. “mental capacity”) of adults to make informed decisions in relation to their children and how the MCA relates to young people aged 16 and 17.


By the end of the course, attendees will be able to;


  • Explain why and how the Act was introduced
  • Have memorised the 5 principles of the Act’s Code of Practice
  • Be able to define what the Act means by “capacity”
  • Understand how to assess whether someone does or does not have capacity
  • Know that the Act has introduced a new criminal offence of “ill-treatment or wilful neglect”
  • Know how the Act protects workers from being prosecuted, and service users from being abused
  • Be able to describe the purpose of an Advance Decision and of a Lasting Power of Attorney
  • Be able to list the functions and powers of the Court of Protection and the Office of the Public Guardian
  • Understand the role of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA)
  • Understand the importance of record keeping to support all decisions
  • Have explored some case law examples that have been heard in the Court of Protection, particularly ones relating to anyone aged 16+ who may lack the capacity to consent to sex, or have a child, or care for a child
  • Understand how issues of capacity to consent affect young people aged 16 and 17


Booking has now closed for this event.

Further Information:


David Thornicroft - St Thomas Training

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