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Here our Court of Protection Partner, Natalie Lang, explains how understanding whether someone holds or lacks capacity is integral when in a safeguarding role.
Determining whether someone has the requisite capacity to make their own health and welfare decisions is a vital safeguarding tool which can allow professionals to strike the right balance between allowing autonomous decisions, and protecting an individual who may not fully appreciate the full consequences of their decision. Understanding the Mental Capacity Act and how to undertake a thorough mental capacity assessment is therefore undoubtedly important for those such as clinical managers, district nurses, community consultants and nursing staff as they must appreciate their role in best interest decision-making. Professionals are encouraged to get involved with the events throughout KSW to consider when refusing treatment may be a capacious decision, or where it may be a sign of self-neglect and warrant a best-interests decision.
Our top suggestions for events to get involved in to help you better understand capacity and safeguarding include:
June 21, 2022
Natalie is a Partner and Solicitors in the Court of Protection department.