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mental capacity & DoLS

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A new course from dialogue for managers and staff of residential settings to consider their obligations under the mental capacity act and what this means for children and young people in their care.

With case law having changed the landscape around mental capacity and deprivation of liberty significantly in recent years it is important that managers and shift leaders alike are aware of how their actions in relation to the young people in their care may result in decisions which come under the remit of mental capacity and may potentially be depriving a young person of their liberty. This course will provide an understanding of the law and its implications for decision making. Read more …

dates, venues and booking
For information about when and where the next courses are running, please see below. Read more …

the course

The implications of the mental capacity act (MCA) and deprivation of liberty (both the formal safeguards and implications for under 18s) are becoming increasingly significant for leaders and managers in children’s homes and residential schools. Case law is rapidly changing along with the implications for decision-making with young people whose behaviour is challenging, unpredictable or unsafe.

This course provides a framework for decision-making for those staff leading teams or shifts in residential units. Beginning with an introduction to the legal and regulatory framework with relevant guidance, the course has a strong practical focus with relevant scenarios and opportunity for live practice discussion.

the trainer

Andrew Martin is an experienced child protection social worker and manager and safeguarding trainer. He has both worked in and managed a number of teams working with children and young people in need of support and protection including initial response, emergency duty service and long term looked after teams.

Andrew is a qualified Approved Mental Health Professional and utilises the Mental Capacity Act regularly to determine capacity.

booking and dates

The course is £99+VAT, inclusive of lunch and refreshments.

At this time there are no courses scheduled. If you are looking for an individual place please fill in the form on the right. If you want to book the course for your organisation or setting please contact us.


This course will be held at Escot House.