Accessibility Options


The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) sets out the framework you must use to show whether or not someone might lack capacity to make a decision. The Act also sets out a ‘Best Interests Checklist’ which you must use when making a decision on behalf of a person who lacks capacity.

The Act is most likely to apply to people with

  • A learning disability
  • Dementia
  • Brain injuries
  • Mental illness

For more information please take a look at the short video on the social care institute website.

The Office of the Public Guardian has detailed information about the principles of the act and links to useful resources for practitioners and clients.

MCA introduction

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