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29th & 30th June 2020 10:00 to 13:00
A single training course delivered in two sessions via live webinar
£150.00 exc. VAT
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Transforming care : Community legal frameworks for people with learning disabilities and/or autism – 29th & 30th June 2020 – ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **


The Transforming Care initiative in learning disability services means community services need to consider the most appropriate legal frameworks for individuals. This one day course (split over 2 webinar sessions) aims to enable health and social services staff understand the different legal options for people with a learning disability and/or autism. It includes the latest applicable case law in particular around CTOs and Conditional discharge. In particular, it considers the options available under the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and inherent jurisdiction looking at the criteria, powers and limitations of each.

Learning outcomes  

On completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Understand the key legal routes for discharge into the community
  • Explain how clients with different presentations and risks can be legally protected
  • Demonstrate how different legal routes will affect their clients / service users
  • Illustrate how they could use the various legal options available to them


The day will include the following key topics:

  • Community legal options overview
  • Community Treatment Orders – criteria + powers + limitations
  • Guardianship – criteria + powers + limitations
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) – criteria + powers + limitations
  • Community DoL via Court of Protection – criteria + powers + limitations
  • Forensic Mental Health Act – conditional discharge + powers + limitations
  • Inherent jurisdiction? If all else fails
  • The ‘informal’ voluntary client – consent and the Mental Capacity Act
  • Restraint – definition and criteria for use
  • Identifying community care plans that are a deprivation of liberty
  • Case studies – will look at different client profiles to identify the legal options available
  • The future – Liberty Protection Safeguards and their role

The course will be delivered by Steven Richards

Steven Richards is a Director of Edge training and consultancy and has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years, both for the NHS and voluntary sector. He has been an in-patient advocate for Mind and as an advocate Steven represented directly before the Court of Protection. Steven is a Mental Health Act Reviewer with the Care Quality Commission, reviewing the care and treatment of people detained under the Act. He has also worked with the CQC as a specialist advisor on the Mental Capacity Act and DoLS.

Steven delivers training on the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act across England and Wales to health and social care professionals. He has experience of training a wide variety of services on the MCA including local authorities, CCGs, NHS Trusts, the police, hospices and prison health services. Steven has spoken at a series of Health Education England conferences on the MCA at the end of life and most recently has delivered training on the proposed Liberty Protection Safeguards to members of the House of Lords.

Steven is co-author of three books:

  • Working with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 – 3rdedition (ISBN: 978-0-9552349-5-8) 
  • Working with the Mental Health Act – 3rdedition (ISBN: 978-0-9552349-4-1) 
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Handbook – 1stedition (ISBN: 978-0-9931324-0-7) 

He also co-authors several wall charts on the Acts and an App on the Mental Capacity Act.

Includes all course materials and a certificate. Webinar access details will be emailed direct to delegate upon completion of your booking. 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email assistant@edgetraining.org.uk  or call 07341 277487.

If you are a Local Authority, NHS Trust or CCG and require an invoice please email assistant@edgetraining.org.uk for a booking form. All other bookings now require online payment via Paypal or a debit/credit card - please confirm the details of these delegates attending this course below: 1

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