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The primary purpose of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) is to provide a legal framework for acting and making decisions on behalf of adults who lack the capacity to make particular decisions for themselves.

The act has five guiding principles which underpin work with people aged 16 or over. These are:

1. To assume capacity
2. To support decision making
3. To accept that eccentric or unwise decisions do not demonstrate a lack of capacity
4. Where the person lacks capacity to act in their best interests
5. When acting in their best interests to choose the less restrictive option

The act makes provision for people to plan for their future when they may require support including;

  • Making advanced decisions to refuse treatment.
  • The act is written to uphold the principle of Best Interest for the individual concerned.
  • The act also made it a criminal offence to wilfully neglect someone who did not have capacity. 

For further detailed information and guidance please make use of the links and documentation on the right. 

If you are interested in further training concerning the Mental Capacity Act then visit the Joint Training page