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Best Interests Assessors Legal Update (Annual Refresher) – 9th & 10th July 2020 – ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR**
Aims:  This one day course (split over 2 webinar sessions) aims to provide an essential update on case law in relation to the role of the BIA. Learning outcomes:
  • Consider the latest DoLS news, research and guidance
  • Examine the latest case law relevant to DoLS and the BIA role
  • Reflect on how the information covered affects BIA practice 
Programme- the day will include the following key topics which may be subject to some minor amendments to reflect the latest case law and guidance at the time of delivery : 
  • Coronavirus Act 2020 – overview and impact MHA, MCA and DoLS
  • Court of Protection – guidance
  • Coronavirus and DoLS – the first case law
  • Deprivation of Liberty – ECHR onwards
  • Restating the fundamentals of deprivation of liberty – case law
  • DoLS appeals – case law
  • National DoLS statistics
  • Ombudsman ruling and Social Work England ruling
  • CQC inspections and DoLS
  • Assessing mental capacity – recent case law on use or weigh
  • Representatives: the role of the BIA – case law
  • Community DoL applications – case law
  • 16-17 year olds and deprivation of liberty – Supreme Court ruling
  • Self-neglect and assessing mental capacity – case
  • DoLS case law summary sheet
  • Case studies
  • Liberty Protection Safeguards – overview
  • DoLS > LPS – what is changing
  • DoLS > LPS – what stays the same(ish)
  • AMCP replacing the role of the BIA
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.  
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Sexual relations, contraception, marriage and restricting contact : Article 8 and the Mental Capacity Act – 13th & 14th July 2020 – ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **
Aims This  one day course (split over 2 webinar sessions) is designed to enable participants to understand mental capacity in these sensitive areas. Participants will gain awareness of the relevant case law in relation to capacity and (where relevant) best interests decision making.  Guidance will be offered on the steps to take where an individual lacks capacity to consent in these areas, to ensure that they are adequately safeguarded, and legal obligations are met. Learning outcomes   By the end of the course participants will be able to:
  • Understand the application of the MCA in relation to issues of private and family life (Art 8).
  • Increase confidence in assessing capacity to consent in sensitive personal areas
  • Identify how to respond appropriately where a lack of capacity in these areas is confirmed
Programme The day will include the following key topics:
  • Consent and the Mental Capacity Act – overview
  • Legal basis for action and case law
  • European Convention on Human Rights – Article 8 – overview
  • MCA overview and excluded decisions
  • How the courts apply domestic legislation and the Human Rights Act
  • Capacity to sexual relations – case law principles
  • Sexual relations – what to understand?
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003 and mental capacity to sexual relations
  • CQC guidance for providers
  • Sexual relations and contact with others – case law examples
  • Contact with others – what to understand?
  • Capacity to marriage
  • Capacity to contraception
  • The limits of DoLS and safeguarding adults – case law and Ombudsman
  • Court of Protection – scope and decisions
  • Case studies – applying learning to practice
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.  
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Deprivation of Liberty, Children and Young People – 15th & 16th July 2020 ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **
Aims: This one day course (split over 2 webinar sessions) aims to update staff working with children, young people and those in transition with the latest case law and developments in relation to deprivation of liberty. The course will consider these developments and the impact on practice. It examines the Supreme Court ruling on deprivation of liberty and considers practical issues in its application for children and young people. Learning Outcomes: ·    Understand the ‘presumption of capacity’ from age 16; the overlap with parental responsibility until the age of 18 and how this differs to consent provided for children under 16  ·    Understand the supreme court ruling and it’s application to those aged under 18 ·    Identify when a deprivation of liberty may be occurring and how to make it lawful:  Programme: The day will include the following key topics: ·    Deprivation of Liberty – overview – European Court onwards ·    Supreme Court ruling – overview and its application to children and young people ·    Law Society guidance following the Supreme Court ruling – children’s chapter ·    Recent case law applying the Supreme Court ruling to those under 18 ·    New threshold for deprivation of liberty set by the Supreme Court ·    ‘Continuous supervision and control’ – guidance and examples from case law ·    ‘Not free to leave’ – guidance and examples from case law ·    Case law review involving children since the Supreme Court ruling ·    Residential schools, non-secure children’s homes and foster placements ·    Deprivation of liberty - finding of fact and how to make it lawful ·    18+ in / not in a care home or hospital ·    16-17 and Under 16 in any placement ·   Parental consent (scope of parental responsibility) its authority and limitations in relation to deprivation of liberty – case law review including the impact of the Court of Appeal decision in November 2017 for 16 and 17 year olds ·    DoLS procedure overview ·    Court of Protection applications overview ·    Interaction with other legislation – Children Act, Mental Health Act ·    Practice issues for social care staff and managers. ·    Case studies - a number of cases studies to apply learning in practice The course will be delivered by Dawn Revell Dawn is a qualified Social Worker having obtained her professional status over 18 years ago. She continues to practice as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) under the Mental Health Act 1983.She is a joint trained investigator for safeguarding adults and presently has responsibility for managing and advising on complex safeguarding adult cases. Dawn presently manages a generic, county wide social services emergency duty team. She has worked as an associate trainer for over 4 years and has designed, facilitated and delivered training on risk assessment, mental health, mental capacity and safeguarding adults. Includes all course materials and 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.
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Hoarding and the Law – 20th & 21st July 2020 – ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **
Most mental health and social work professionals have encountered a client with a serious hoarding problem - someone who has accumulated items to the point that it is impacting significantly on their life and/or upon other people, but who is resistant to any attempt to declutter their home. These problems tend to be long- standing, but because they are not generally seen as a ‘crisis’ they do not usually receive the concerted, multidisciplinary attention that they need. Even though the Care Act 2014 now includes hoarding under the heading of ‘abuse and neglect’, it still tends to be left to the case worker to try to find a way forward, often in the face of fierce resistance from the individual who claims they want to be left alone. Many professionals are unclear what they are legally able to do, and even whether they should be attempting to intervene at all. This one-day interactive course (split over 2 webinar sessions) for mental health and social care professionals reviews the different manifestations of hoarding and the possible origins of this behaviour, and then considers a range of possible responses under the law and where each one might be appropriate. The course does not aim to provide a ‘magic wand’ to solve what are often intractable problems, nor to look in detail at therapeutic approaches, but rather to equip participants with a clear understanding of when intervention is justified and of the potential legal ways forward. It also gives participants the opportunity to share their own strategies and successes in hoarding cases. The course will cover the following key topics:
  • What is ‘hoarding’, and how it relates to self-neglect generally
  • he diversity of hoarding behaviour and its possible causes
  • The role of adult safeguarding under the Care Act 2014
  • Whether intervention can be justified in the context of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Scope for use of the Mental Health Act, including guardianship
  • How the Mental Capacity Act can help
  • When it is appropriate to use environmental health law
The course will be delivered by: Simon Foster Simon is a freelance legal consultant and trainer. A former local authority solicitor, he was previously head of the legal unit at Mind. In 2004-5 he helped redraft the Mental Health Act Code of Practice and in 2009 he worked on the Ordinary Residence guidance for the Department of Health. From 2011-12 he was interim Head of Legal Support Services at Sense, the deafblind charity. Simon has also taught social work students at South Bank & Middlesex Universities, and LLM students at Queen Mary University of London. Includes all course materials, certificate and refreshments. Places are limited so early booking is recommended. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email assistant@edgetraining.org.uk  or call 07341 277487.
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