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Self-Neglect & the MCA 10 & 11 June 2021

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Date, Time & Location

Mar 20, 2023, 7:00 PM – 7:05 PM

via Zoom

About the Event

PART 1: 10 June 14:00-17:00

PART 2: 11 June 14:00-17:00


This one day course aims to enable delegates to consider the application of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in relation to cases of self-neglect through Safeguarding Adults procedures.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Have improved knowledge and application of robust assessments of capacity in relation to self-neglect safeguarding adults cases
  • Understand the role of the local authority within the Care Act Safeguarding Regulations
  • Be able to Identify the legal aspects of the MCA that have particular importance in safeguarding and consider the role and use of the Court of Protection
  • Be able to consider how to use the MCA to respond to cases of self-neglect and identify and carry out best practice in the application of the Act.


The course will include the following key topics:

  • The Care Act Regulations in relation to safeguarding adults and the role of the local authority
  • The Mental Capacity Act in a national context
  • Self-neglect: definition, examples and challenges
  • Safeguarding adults and the Mental Capacity Act: Legal remedies
  • MCA overview: assessment of capacity – Best Interests – Restraint – DOLS
  • Defining and assessing capacity: Fundamentals, case law and practical application
  • Meaning of ‘use or weigh’ in practice – lessons from case law
  • Refusing an assessment of capacity – action and limitations
  • Practice remedies, legal remedies and risk reduction strategies
  • The right to make unwise decisions
  • Exploration of South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT) and Bedford Borough Council Ombudsman case
  • Messages from safeguarding adult reviews and research
  • Self-neglect and risk factors that can lead to it
  • Case study-taking action under the MCA in a person’s best interests
  • Robust assessments of capacity- what to document
  • Benefits of multi-agency working
  • The role of the Court of Protection
  • Powers of entry, other legal remedies
  • Positive outcomes for practitioners and service users
  • Case studies and other exercises

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 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.

Are you a Local Authority, NHS Trust or CCG ?

If you are a Local Authority, NHS Trust or CCG and require an invoice please email for a booking form


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