This course will cover the fundamentals of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and how this should be applied to 16- and 17-year-olds.
This is a three-hour online training course open to anyone working with children and young people.
Date: Wednesday 27 April 2023
Time: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
Location: Online – we will send you a link to a Microsoft Teams meeting after you sign up.
The Mental Capacity Act is a key piece of legislation in terms of decision-making and should be understood and embedded within practice for anyone supporting or working with young people.
We will explore the principles of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and the Code of Practice and how to put these into practice. We will think about how to prepare young people and their families as they reach the age of 16 and beyond.
You will explore the practice of supporting young people to make decisions, undertaking capacity assessments, and making decisions for young people who may lack capacity. We will also cover the current context of Deprivation of Liberty for 16- and 17-year-olds, and the changes to this under the Liberty Protection Safeguards.
This Session Will Explore:
- The purpose and principles of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and its Code of Practice.
- How to support young people to make decisions.
- The role of others within decision-making, including parents, carers, schools, health and social care staff.
- Good practice in undertaking a capacity assessment and making best interest decisions.
- The current context of Deprivation of Liberty in respect of 16/17 year olds. Also, preparations for the changes in line with the Liberty Protection Safeguards.
Who is this course for?
- Social Care Staff including Social Workers and managers.
- Short break and residential services
- Foster Carers
- Health and education professionals
- Anyone working with young people aged 16-17 who wants to know more about this topic.