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Introduction to the Care Act - 12 November 2024

 Introduction to the Care Act -  12 November 2024
 Introduction to the Care Act -  12 November 2024

Date, Time & Location

Nov 12, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

via Zoom

About the Event


The Care Act 2014 has had a significant impact upon the way local authorities assess care needs and arrange services for individuals ‘in need of care and support’ and their carers. This practice-based course, aimed at social care/health care staff and their managers, reviews the main requirements of the Care Act and, through examples and discussion, examines how local authorities are now expected to carry out their social care role.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course participants will:

• be aware of the main requirements of the Care Act and Regulations, and have an overview of the key features of the Statutory Guidance;

• have a thorough understanding of the assessment framework and eligibility criteria in relation to both adults in need and their carers;

• have an overview of the rules on ordinary residence and how these relate to s.117 aftercare;

• feel confident that they can apply the legal framework in their practice.

This is an interactive course. Participants should be ready to contribute from their own experience.


The day will include the following key topics:

  • Introductions and outline of the day. Participants’ needs.
  • Overview of the Act.
  • Duties to promote well-being, arrange preventative services and give information and advice.
  • Partnership working.
  • Assessing needs for care and support.
  • The national eligibility criteria.
  • Non-eligible needs.
  • Advocacy.
  • Interface with Mental Capacity Act.
  • Financial assessments and charging (outline only, no detail).
  • Personal budgets and direct payments.
  • Ordinary residence.
  • After-care under s.117 of the MHA.
  • Challenges to decisions.
  • Participants’ issues and questions.
  • Care & support planning & reviews
  • Evaluation and close.

The course will be delivered by Sara-Jayne Williams

Sara-Jayne Williams is a Social Work England registered social worker, having obtained her professional status in 2001. She has experience of working with older people, adults with learning disabilities and adults with physical health needs. Sara-Jayne has experience of front line social work practice, supervision and managing a social work team.

Sara-Jayne has a particular interest in the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). For eight years, she was employed as the lead MCA/DoLS professional for a local authority, advising social care staff on their use of the MCA and DoLS. She is a member of the National Mental Capacity Forum. Sara-Jayne is also a Best Interests Assessor (BIA) under DoLS. Sara-Jayne is passionate about demystifying the MCA. She is highly motivated, enthusiastic and driven to ensure best practice and compliance with human rights legislation.

Sara-Jayne was awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Post-Compulsory Education in 2019. Sara-Jayne has designed, delivered and reviewed training on the MCA, DoLS and the Care Act 2014. Training has been delivered to a range of audiences, including health and social care, police, housing and colleagues from the private, voluntary and independent sector.

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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