About the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Directory

On 13 March 2014, the House of Lords Select Committee on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 published its Mental Capacity Act 2005: post-legislative scrutiny report, celebrating the ethos and achievements of the MCA, but calling for awareness and implementation of it to be extended. The Government’s response, 'Valuing every voice, respecting every right: Making the case for the Mental Capacity Act' was published in June 2014, and among its commitments to promote use of the MCA was the commission to SCIE to collate, review and share good quality tools and information about the MCA.

The MCA Directory is the outcome of that commission. It contains material about all aspects of the MCA, including resources about the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. The material was gathered by SCIE researchers, or submitted to us as a result of a call for information via our website and newsletter.

Once gathered, the information was quality assured by an expert panel. The panel consists of representatives from the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, SCIE, The College of Social Work, the Office of the Public Guardian, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), London Councils, Compassion in Dying, the Housing Learning and Improvement Network, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Skills for Care, and RUILS, a south-west London charity led by people who use social care services. The panel also included expert solicitors and trainers acting in an independent capacity.

Each panel member reviewed material related to their area of expertise, against the criteria of whether the material was accurate and up to date, always recognising that material produced several years ago can still meet those criteria. Especially good material has been highlighted throughout the Directory. 

The Directory will always benefit from more material. The greater the number of resources, the more likely it is that the MCA is widely and properly implemented. If you have any material you would like to submit, please email it to mca@scie.org.uk. If you have any general queries or comments about the Directory, please use the same email.

About Social Care Online

Social Care Online is SCIE’s database of research, journals and texts about all aspects of social care. It includes a wealth of material about the MCA, including the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

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Care Quality Commission
Compassion in Dying
Department of Health and Social Care
Housing LIN
London Councils
NHS England
Office of the Public Guardian
Richmond Users Independent Living Scheme
Skills for Care