SCIE media statement

Mental Capacity Act – new help for staff

22 July 2011

New eLearning resources and a briefing on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

There is now extra help for social care staff working to support people who lack capacity. Sometimes the decisions that staff have to make are challenging and so new eLearning resources, and a briefing on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, can help. The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has produced the new resources. SCIE says it is vital that professionals  fully understand the implications of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005.

eLearning resources

These new eLearning resources provide audio, video and interactive technology to explore the many areas of the Mental Capacity Act. The SCIE resources, which include Social Care TV films, explore the sometimes difficult decisions that have to be made about mental capacity. Resources include information specifically for independent mental capacity advocates (IMCAs).
Subject module examples:

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – Briefing

This At a glance briefing is a simple guide to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS). Under the MCA restraint and restrictions can be used but only if these are in the best interests of a person lacking capacity to make decisions about these things themselves.

Restrictions and restraint can include:

Related SCIE content

SCIE has lots of materials on how to understand the Mental Capacity Act. There are eight films on Social Care TV. Try SCIE’s pages on mental capacity. These look at the Act itself, along with personalisation and mental capacity; and resources for Independent Mental Capacity Advocates. SCIE also has pages on minimising restraint

Policy context

There have been a number of recent stories in the news which involve the Mental Capacity Act, for instance, the case of Steven Neary and also the undercover film about Winterbourne View. SCIE says it is vital that professionals  fully understand the implications of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005. Also, see the latest on SCIE’s MCA work.

Media contact

Steve Palmer | Press and Public Affairs Manager | Tel: 020 7766 7419 | Mob: 07739 458 192 | Email: media@scie.org.uk