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BIA Legal Update (Annual Refresher) 10 & 11 October 2022

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Date, Time & Location

Apr 25, 2023, 7:00 PM – 7:05 PM

via Zoom

About the Event

PART 1: 10 October 2022 10:00 to 13.00

PART 2: 11 October 2022 10.00 to 13:00

(Delegates can also choose to attend our DoLS/LPS Online Conference on 5 October 2022. Attending the conference will serve as an annual update to continue in the role of a BIA)


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 & guidance
  • Examine the latest case law relevant to DoLS & 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 & guidance at the time of delivery :

  • Coronavirus Act 2020 – overview and impact MHA, MCA & 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 is a Director of Edge Training and Consultancy & 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 was a Mental Health Act Reviewer with the Care Quality Commission for over 10 years and also worked with the CQC as a specialist advisor on the Mental Capacity Act and DoLS. He delivers training on the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act across England and Wales to health and social care professionals. Steven has experience of training a wide variety of services including local authorities, CCGs, NHS Trusts, the police, hospices and prison health services. He has spoken at a series of Health Education England conferences on the MCA at the end of life and delivered training on the draft Liberty Protection Safeguards bill to members of the House of Lords. Steven is co-author of 3 books:

Working with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (3rd edition) ISBN: 978-0-9552349-5-8

Working with the Mental Health Act (4th edition) ISBN: 978-0-9931324-1-4

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Handbook (1st edition) ISBN: 978-0-9931324-0-7

Includes all course materials and a certificate. Course access details will be emailed direct to delegate(s) upon completion of your booking.  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email  or call 07341 277487.


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