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Lifelong Services - Introduction to the Mental Capacity Act

This 5 hour course will explain how to give legal weight to the voice of young people both under and over the age of 16. You will learn how, and when to assess mental capacity, and be able to incorporate this legislation into your practice. You will be supported to look at good and bad practice, and be given the tools to support your own practice.

This training was developed by Lifelong Services, and is being offered to all WSCC children's social work teams. The mental capacity Act 2005 applies to everyone over the age of 16 and gives legal weight to the voice of the young person. The Mental Capacity Act is an empowering piece of law and supports positive risk taking, essential for all young people and care leavers.
The aim of this course is to support you to increase your skills, knowledge and confidence to identify restrictions and deprivations. You will be able to apply your knowledge so that you can confidently undertake mental capacity assessments.
If you apply what you have learnt on this course you will be able to:

  • Display confidence when assess capacity, restrictions and deprivations
  • Recognise when you need to apply the Mental Capacity Act
  • If you are in a statutory team working with young people, this course is for you.
    Care Management
    Care Homes / Occupational Therapist / Social Workers
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    Samantha Raymond
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    SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueRoom NameMap
    Session 1Thursday 12 March 202009:30 - 14:30Horsham - County Hall North/ParksideGoodwood Room
    SessionSession Details
    Session 1
    Thursday 12 March 2020

    09:30 - 14:30

    Horsham - County Hall North/Parkside

    Goodwood Room