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Self-neglect and the Mental Capacity Act 2005

  • Sean Collinge
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This session will be delivered byDawn Revell, Edge Training and Consultancy Ltd – www.edgetraining.org.uk


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.

Learning outcomes  

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.

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