This course aims to enable delegates to consider the application of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in relation to cases of self-neglect through Safeguarding Adults procedures.
By the end of the course participants will:
Have improved knowledge and application of robust assessments of capacity in relation to self-neglect safeguarding adults cases
Understand the role of the local authority within the Care Act Safeguarding Regulations
Be able to Identify the legal aspects of the MCA that have particular importance in safeguarding and consider the role and use of the Court of Protection
Be able to consider how to use the MCA to respond to cases of self-neglect and identify and carry out best practice in the application of the Act.
The day will include the following key topics:
The Care Act Regulations in relation to safeguarding adults and the role of the local authority
The Mental Capacity Act in a national context
Self-neglect: definition, examples and challenges
Safeguarding adults and the Mental Capacity Act: Legal remedies
MCA overview: assessment of capacity – Best Interests – Restraint – DOLS
Defining and assessing capacity: Fundamentals, case law and practical application
Meaning of ‘use or weigh’ in practice – lessons from case law
Refusing an assessment of capacity – action and limitations
Practice remedies, legal remedies and risk reduction strategies
The right to make unwise decisions
Exploration of South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT) and Bedford Borough Council Ombudsman case
Messages from safeguarding adult reviews and research
Self-neglect and risk factors that can lead to it
Case study-taking action under the MCA in a person’s best interests
Robust assessments of capacity- what to document
Benefits of multi-agency working
The role of the Court of Protection
Powers of entry, other legal remedies
Positive outcomes for practitioners and service users
Case studies and other exercises
*This event is only open to social workers and practitioners working in social care within our Partner organisations, comprising of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey and Islington councils, the charity Norwood and Middlesex University.
**Due to the limited spaces available, if this event is oversubscribed, registration will close seven days ahead of the event and places will be equally shared between Partner organisations. We ask that participants who sign up for this event save the date in their diary; however, a final confirmation email will be sent to participants seven days before the event.