Consultation on Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice

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The government has launched a consultation to update the Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice to better support those with learning disabilities and autism who may require others to make decisions in their best interests.

The aim of the consultation is to ensure freedoms and human rights of people lacking mental capacity are better protected.

These decisions could include where a person should live, whether assistive technology like sensors or keypad entry should be installed, setting times for refreshments or activities, whether they can leave the accommodation or restraint in certain circumstances among others.

The Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice sets out how carers and practitioners can make these decisions for others on a day-to-day basis while ensuring the individual is both protected and empowered.

First revision of the code since its publication in 2007

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