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Using the Mental Capacity Act
Using the Mental Capacity Act

Using the Mental Capacity Act

About the Mental Capacity Act 2005
The Mental Capacity Act is a vital piece of legislation designed to make a real difference to the lives of people who lack mental capacity.

It empowers people to make decisions for themselves where possible, and provides a flexible framework putting people at the heart of the decision-making process.

It ensures people participate as much as possible in any decisions made on their behalf, and those made in their best interests.

Although many people have a duty under the Mental Capacity Act, the most important relationships will often be with close family and friends.

Who is the guide for
This resource has been developed specifically for family and friends of people with learning disabilities, so they understand how the Act affects them and those they care about.

Downloading the guide
You can download the guide at the bottom of this page.
The addendum lists all weblinks which have been changed since original publication of the guide.

Mental Capacity Act videos
The written guide is supported by eight videos. Please click on the picture below to view them. The subjects covered in the videos are:

1. Assessing Capacity
2. Best Interest Decisions
3. Challenging a Decision
4. Health
5. Involving Family Carers
6. Managing Finances
7. Moving Home
8. Transition

Click on the picture to view the videos

Using the Mental Capacity Act

Requesting a copy by post
If you'd like a copy of the guide and the accompanying DVD sent to you in the post, please send an A4 self-addressed envelope with postage £1.65 first class or £1.48 second class to:

Using the Mental Capacity Act
Family Carer Support Service
Lewins Mead

Our partners
"Using the Mental Capacity Act: A resource for family and friends of people with learning disabilities" was created as a joint project between:

Using the Mental Capacity Act guide

Addendum to the MCA resource pack

Family carer workshops

Find out about our workshops for family carers.