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Mental Capacity Act Mini Conferences - Children's Services

The Mental Capacity Act team from Dorset County Council in conjunction with Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group held four mini conferences. The conferences were aimed at raising awareness and improve implementation of the Mental Capacity Act for people working in children's services with young adults aged 16 and above who lack capacity.

The conference agenda was:

Legal Overview

  • what is a Deprivation of Liberty and when is it necessary?
  • the Acid Test - how it will apply to 16-17 year olds
  • Case Law
  • responsibilities for childcare social workers

Assessing Capacity

  • an understanding of the process of assessing capacity and the thresholds for decisions
  • the practical skills needed to assess capacity
  • how to ensure appropriate record keeping

Making Best Interest Decisions

  • an understanding of the process of making Best Interest Decisions
  • who needs to be involved in Best Interest Decision making
  • the practical skills needed to assess Best Interests
  • how to ensure appropriate record keeping

Information from the conferences

For your reference we have the presentation and the training booklet for staff.

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Previous feedback

The feedback from previous conferences have been really positive. Feedback included:

  • "I now have increased awareness and confidence that it is not that complicated - we can do it!!"
  • "I'll be confident in making capacity assessments and to discuss and challenge assumptions in supervision"
  • "Will give thought to how decision making/choices can become an explicit part of the curriculum"

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