MCA for Children and Young People


This course is designed to increase the theoretical knowledge of social care professionals on the up to date legal framework, code of practice and human rights that covers the clients’ capacity to make decisions, protection of their cognitive decision making process, and understanding the principles of proper care towards these vulnerable people.

How Long is the Course?

One Day

Who is the Course Aimed at?

Staff in children’s social care

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, candidates will:

  • Understand the functions of the Mental Capacity Act
  • Describe the groups that will be affected by the legislation
  • Understand the Mental Capacity assessment process
  • Explain the role of Advance Directives, Lasting Power of Attorneys, IMC


The course covers:

1. Core Principles of MCA 2005 (Amended 2019)
2. What is meant by Mental Capacity
3. When does a person lack capacity?
4. When to assess Capacity
5. The areas covered by the Act
6. Key principles of the Mental Capacity Act
7. Assessing Capacity – Step by step
8. Coercion & Undue Influence
9. Legal standing of 16 & 17 year olds
10. Making a Decision in a Person’s Best Interest
11. Best Interests Balance Sheet
12. Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs)
13. Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Soon to be Liberty Protection
Safeguards (LPS)
14. DoLS Assessment
15. Considerations when depriving an individual of their Liberty
16. Changes from Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards to Liberty Protection
17. The stages of the Liberty Protection Safeguards


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