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Mental Capacity Assessment and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards


This module is aimed at everyone working in health and social care that makes decisions for people who may lack capacity and who require a knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act.

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Course Overview


  • Intermediate
  • 2-3 Study Hours
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • 5 CPD Points
  • CPD Certified

Course description

This wide-ranging course contains information and guidance on Mental Capacity Assessment and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, how to undertake assessments and when they are appropriate, as well as recording the results.

This course contains several sections and covers a huge amount of material concerning Mental Capacity Assessment and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, and includes the following as well as other information:

  • How to work in the best interests of individuals and the importance of autonomy
  • Guidance to the relevant legislation, such as the principles and Code of Practice of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
  • How to assess capacity, who is able to do it, when it should be done, and how it is recorded
  • Descriptions of fluctuating mental capacity, unwise decisions, and how to deal with a refusal to complete an assessment
  • Confidentiality
  • Understanding mental capacity, and the definition of an individual who lacks capacity, and the presumption of capacity
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Liberty Protection Safeguards
  • Definition of a deprivation of liberty, what is restraint, when they might be necessary, and how the Safeguards apply

This Mental Capacity Act training will give a strong foundation of mental capacity knowledge and how you can apply this knowledge towards duty of care of vulnerable individuals. It also contains examples of tests, challenges to check the learner’s knowledge, and interactive case studies.

You will learn

  • Outline why assessing mental capacity is important and understand the legal framework behind this assessment
  • Outline who can assess mental capacity, and how to do the assessment, and how to record it
  • Explain what is meant by an unwise decision
  • Explain what lacking capacity means
  • Describe the duties of an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA)

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Social Workers
  • Care workers
  • Nurses
  • Councillors
  • Support Workers


Legislation covered in this course includes:

  • Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Human Rights 1998
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1998
  • Equality Act 2010


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