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This one day course on legal literacy will cover all the major legislations such as Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act, Care Act including dual sensory loss and Human Rights Act.

Who is Legal Literacy aimed at?

Social workers, social care assessors, OTs, BIAs, AMHPs, Managers.

Course Length

1 day

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course participants will

  • Be aware of the main legislation relevant to adult social care and where to find key information
  • Understand the role of primary legislation, case law, regulations, statutory guidance and best practice guidance in adult social care practice
  • Develop a clear understanding of the differences between duties and powers and between law, guidance and policy. 
  • Understand the source and limits of the main legal duties and powers relevant to adult social care 
  • Be able to identify the main legal duties under the Care Act, the principles of the Mental Capacity Act and common misconceptions and misunderstandings that can arise when applying them in practice
  • Be able to identify other important powers, principles and duties relevant to adult social care
  • Develop skills in applying legal principles and key concepts, such as duty of care and proportionality, to identify lawful options in complex cases (including self-neglect and hoarding)
  • Be aware of the main legal issues which can arise when working with other agencies, including information sharing, professional disagreements and funding disputes, and how to navigate them lawfully
  • Know the key principles to follow to make defensible decisions in adult social care

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