MCA and DoLS

Course Aim:

By the end of the training course staff will have an understanding of both the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 2007 including any changes or updates in the laws & legislations.

Course Duration:

6 Hours


  • Understand how the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) 2007 work together
  • To be able to explain what mental capacity is
  • To know the 5 core principles of MCA
  • Be able to relate MCA to Safeguarding issues
  • To give staff confidence to know the difference between restriction and deprivation of liberty
  • To recognise and understand MCA 1&2 (the two stage process)

At the end of the course all candidates will have covered and understood the following modules:

  • Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Mental Health Act 2007
  • The Legal Framework
  • What is the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Who is Affected by the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • The five core principles
  • What mental capacity means
  • What is lack of mental capacity
  • How mental capacity is assessed
  • Common Law tests of mental capacity
  • The ‘Acid’ test
  • Records and record keeping
  • Best Interests
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • The Court of Protection and the Office of Public Guardian
  • Advance decisions including end of life choices
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs)
  • Adult Protection
  • What are the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) 2007
  • Background to DoLS
  • What is DoLS
  • Who is affected by DoLS
  • DoLS Applications, standard and urgent and authorisation
  • Restraint or deprivation
  • Care planning
  • Representatives
  • The reviewing process
  • Codes of Practice
  • Court of Protection
  • Monitoring safeguards
  • Legal issues

Throughout this course candidates will also have the opportunity to view and discuss short films relevant to the subject matter.

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