Mental Capacity

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is designed to protect and empower individuals who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment.

The law applies to vulnerable people aged 16 and over – including young people with  a learning disability or mental health problems. And spells out

  • who can take particular decisions on someone else’s behalf
  • when and how a decision can be taken
  • when and how people who lack capacity to take decisions about their care and welfare can be deprived of their liberty to get the care they need in a hospital or care home.

Find out more

Read more about Mental Capacity

Cambridgeshire County Council presentation to Pinpoint’s Preparing for Adulthood Group  – January 2018

Preparing for Adulthood Factsheet: The Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Supported Decision Making 

The Care Quality Commision website

Mencap website and Mencap MCA resource pack

MCA guide from charity HFT

NHS Choices


Not being consulted about your young person’s welfare?

Ambitious about Autism, Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation in partnership with legal firm Irwin Mitchell, have produced a leaflet to help individuals who feel that they are not being appropriately consulted about the welfare of their loved ones.

Download the leaflet, which also includes template letters.

Take a look at these useful videos ...

 HFT’s family carer support service has videos on Mental Capacity on YouTube including:

  • assessing capacity (play the video, left)
  • best interests
  • challenging a decision
  • health
  • involving family carers
  • moving home
  • managing finances
  • transition