MCA Perspective

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Mental Capacity Law and Policy website

Alex Ruck Keene, a practising barrister, writer and educator specialising in mental capacity law has put together this website of resources about mental capacity law and policy in the UK. Links to blogs, articles, webinars recorded about key topics by Alex and links to other relevant resources.

Last updated on hub: 28 September 2020

The Small Places blog

The Small Places

This blog contains information on coronavirus and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 amongst other topics including a a dedicated space for resources on MCA.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

The Mental Capacity Act is clearly a camel: so why do many people insist it is a horse?

National Dignity Council

This opinion piece by a lay former family-carer argues that the MCA is a somewhat ugly camel, not the beautiful horse many people think it is. The author contends the Act never specifies who can be a best-interests decision-maker; it allows a legally-authorised, but crucially not medically or legally trained, layperson to be appointed as a health and welfare attorney and control best-interests decision-making; and the Act establishes further Codes to be 'regarded by' various categories of people, but not by normal family carers, who must obey the Act, but are not required to 'have regard to' the Code.

Last updated on hub: 16 September 2020

Acting as an attorney or deputy from a distance: COVID-19 and supporting others

Office of the Public Guardian

An overview, signposting to relevant resources and guidance, on how an attorney or deputy can continue to fulfil their role during the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown.

Last updated on hub: 10 September 2020

Mental health cop blog

Mental Health Cop

This blog contains information on policing, mental health and criminal justice. Key thematic areas include: Tactical Advisors on mental health; quick guides – a series of legal and practical summaries for operational police officers about the most important scenarios that emerge under the mental health and capacity acts; policing and crime act series; paramedic series; and a series of posts written with non-police officers in mind providing guidance to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

Last updated on hub: 02 September 2020

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