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1 Day Course

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Where and When

Delivered at a venue of your choice throughout the UK, contact us for availability.

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Accredited Course

The course content are accredited by the Open College Network (OCN) Credit4Learning as a Level 3 course.

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Course Overview

This training course will consider how the Mental Capacity Act should be implemented in the young person support setting and how work practices are influenced by the legislation.

This training course will focus on understanding the five basic principles of the Act and how they should be implemented in a real world situation.

This training course will introduce the Deprivation of Liberties Safeguards. It will give attendees the knowledge of when it is or is not appropriate to deprive a person of their liberty, how to recognise poor practice and positive alternatives to put in place.

This training course will support attendees to develop their skills and understanding in order to increase the independence and quality of life of the young people they support.

This training course will look at how to use the Mental Capacity Act and the Deprivation of Liberties Safeguards to ensure life is something the young people support are part of, not something that happens to them.

Course Learning Outcomes

Below are the main topics covered in this course, expand each one to see the criteria.

1Understand the five basic principles of the Mental Capacity Act (2005)
  • 1.1Summarise key points of the legislative framework for assessing capacity
  • 1.2Explain how current mental capacity legislation, policies and procedures are implemented in the work setting
  • 1.3Explain the role and importance of the legislation in relation to promoting independence and quality of life for the young people
2Understand what factors may inhibit a persons capacity
  • 2.1Explain what is meant by “lack of capacity”
  • 2.2Explain how capacity can fluctuate
  • 2.3Summarise the main ways capacity can be impaired
  • 2.4Explain what is meant by “impairment or disturbance” and what this could be caused by
3Understand how to correctly assess whether a young person lacks the capacity to make a decision or not
  • 3.1Explain the four factors used to make a decision when assessing capacity
  • 3.2Summarise the key questions to ask when assessing capacity
  • 3.3Explain the limitations on when a decision can be made for another person
  • 3.4Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles using relevant case studies
4 Understand the key points of the Deprivation of Liberties Safeguards (DoLS)
  • 4.1Explain how DoLS relates to the Mental Capacity Act
  • 4.2Explore which practices could be viewed as depriving a person of their liberty
  • 4.3Explain the legal definitions of restrictive practice and what can constitute an offence
  • 4.4Summarise the Duty of Care support workers and others have towards the young people they support in relation to both MCA and DoLS


The course content are accredited by the Open College Network (OCN) Credit4Learning as a Level 3 course.


The course content are accredited by the Open College Network (OCN) Credit4Learning as a Level 3 course.

Additional Information

Training course duration

1 Day (please contact us if you require training which runs to a different timescale).

Availability of this training course

This Appropriate Adult Training course is available as in-house training at a venue of your own choice throughout the UK.

Audience for this course

This Mental Capacity Act (2005) training course is suitable for anybody working in a relevant sector who needs to develop their knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act (2005)

QCF Units

This Mental Capacity Health course is designed to meet the standards outlined in the new Children's Homes (England) Regulations which were introduced on 1st April 2015 and can contribute to outcomes of QCF units including the National Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce.

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