Mental Capacity Act (MCA) & Deprivation of Liberty (DOLs).

Mental Capacity Act (MCA) & Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLs).     3 hour


dementia1smallThis half day (3 hour) course covers relevant information needed to understand the impact of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) & Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLs) on the care sector, care workers, services users and advocates. The course includes the basic principles, key features of the act and why we need them. It gives knowledge of how to assess/judge if someone has the capacity to make a particular decision. How to make a ‘best interests’ decision for someone who lacks capacity and provides learners with an understanding of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

What will you learn on this course?


  • Mental Capacity Act purposes and legal responsibilities.
  • MCA Code of Practice.
  • DoLs Code of Practice.
  • Power of Attorney-Personal Welfare.
  • What is Mental Capacity?
  • Who has/doesn’t have capacity?
  • Person-Centred Approach.
  • Five key principles of MCA.
  • Assessment of capacity.
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.
  • Deprivation, restraint and restriction.
  • Best interests decision-making & acting lawfully.
  • Application for a DOLS authorisation.
  • Safeguard under standard authorisation.


Who should attend this course?
  • People working in a care sector, particularly those working with vulnerable adults and advocates.
  • People working with health and housing providers.
  • People who use care services.
  • Anyone that wish to have knowledge about the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty safeguards.
 What are the purposes of this course?
  • To develop knowledge and understanding about the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The background and law to the safeguards as well as who the safeguards apply to. The learner will be able to understand the conditions for Decision-Making within the boundaries of the MCA, and recognise the link between The Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding.
What type of assessment does this course use?

Our assessment methods for this course may include:

  • Group Discussion.
  • Case study.
  • Question and Answer sessions.
How long does this course take?

This course is delivered as a Half-Day programme (3 hour) and the qualification lasts for a period of 3 years. Note: It is recommended that learners refresh their knowledge annually.

Where you can take the course?

In-house training:  This course is delivered anywhere in the UK at your premises.

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Private Course:  We can organise and deliver your course at the location that suits you.

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