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Self-Neglect & the MCA 4 & 5 October 2021

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Date, Time & Location

Mar 20, 2023, 7:00 PM – 7:05 PM

via Zoom

About the Event

PART 1: 4 October 10:00-13:00 

PART 2: 5 October 10:00-13:00

Aims: 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.

Learning outcomes:  By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and understanding of the requirements of the Care Act 2014 in relation to cases of self-neglect
  • Describe personalised responses to adults at risk of harm that reflect the principles of safeguarding
  • Improve knowledge and application of robust assessments of capacity in relation to self-neglect safeguarding adults cases
  • Identify the legal aspects of the MCA that have particular importance in safeguarding and consider the role and use of the Court of Protection
  • 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
  • Increased ‘legal literacy’ in relation to support adults who are experiencing self-neglect


  • The whole system approach-: legal literacy, relational literacy, organisational literacy and decisional literacy
  • A legal basis for action and intervention
  • News-lessons learnt from case law and messages from safeguarding adult reviews and research
  • Safeguarding Adults and self-neglect
  • Understanding self-neglect-definitions, identification, reasons.
  • Mental Capacity Act –Legal remedies, the power/authority to take action to safeguard adults who lack capacity
  • Case Study
  • MCA overview – assessment of capacity – Best Interests – Restraint – DOLS
  • Defining capacity and assessing capacity – fundamentals, case law and practical application in safeguarding        cases Meaning of ‘use or weigh’ in practice – lessons from case law
  • Robust assessments of capacity- what to document
  • Flash points: Refusing an assessment of capacity – action and limitations
  • Case study Howard
  • Fluctuating Capacity
  • Capacity and vulnerability
  • Practice remedies, Legal remedies and risk reduction strategies
  • Taking action under the MCA in a person’s best interests, an overview
  • Case study-Anthony
  • Explore the role of the Court of Protection
  • Powers of Entry
  • Other legal remedies
  • Positive outcome for practitioners and service users

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.

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


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