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Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Team

The Mental Capacity Act is designed to protect people who cannot make decisions for themselves or lack the mental capacity to do so. Depending on the degree of severity this could be due to a mental health condition, a learning difficulty, a brain injury, a stroke or unconsciousness due to an anaesthetic or sudden accident.

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Mental Capacity Act Overview
Information for parents and carers about the Mental Capacity Act
Information for parents and carers about the Mental Capacity Act

You may want to plan ahead for when you do not have capacity, or you might be caring for someone who is not able to make decisions for themselves.

If you have any questions about caring and the Mental Capacity Act:

Making decisions. A guide for family, friends and other unpaid carers - this covers the Court of Protection, Deputies and Power of Attorney.

Advanced Decisions, living wills and end of life care advises you how someone can make their wishes about life-saving treatment known in advance.

MCA and DoLS newsletter

Dorset MCA and DoLS Team newsletter - The Round-Up (Summer 2018) is jointly produced with the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.

Contact the MCA Team

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