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What does the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) do?

The Mental Capacity Act provides the legal framework for acting and making decisions on behalf of vulnerable individuals who lack the mental capacity to make a particular decision. Decisions can range from what a person wants to wear, to where a person wants to live, or whether to have serious or life changing medical treatment. The Act supports vulnerable people by:

  • Protecting those who cannot make their own decisions
  • Making it clear who can make decisions on a persons behalf
  • Allowing people to make some decisions in advance for themselves
  • Providing a new service to support those who have no one to help  them make decisions.
  • Helping to resolve disputes

 

Everyone working with and/or caring for an adult who may lack capacity to make specific decisions must make reference to the Mental Capacity Act and the Code of Practice when making a decision, or when acting on behalf of that person. The same rules apply whether the decisions are life-changing events or everyday matters.

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