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This booklet is for anyone concerned about another person's capacity to make decisions. It explains the principles of the Mental Capacity Act, which can help you to assess the person's decision-making ability.
Information is also provided on applying to the Court of Protection, which may be necessary in order to make decisions on their behalf. This should always be done in the person's best interests, in order to protect their financial and personal welfare, while also preserving their freedom and individuality.
- Decision making after brain injury
Hospital treatment decisions
Withdrawal of treatment
Recovery and long-term difficulties
- Assessing capacity to make decisions
Helping others to make their own decisions
Introduction to the Mental Capacity Act
Legal framework across the United Kingdom
Capacity for specific decisions
- Preparing to make decisions on someone else's behalf
Consider whether arrangements have already been made
Decisions that do not need authority
Introduction to the Court of Protection
- The duties and responsibilities of decision makers
What is a deputy?
The role of a deputy
The duty to act in another's best interests
- Applying to the Court of Protection
Making the application
Waiting for an application to be processed
Appealing against Court of Protection rulings
- Protecting people's welfare
Challenging the decision of a deputy or attorney
Reporting concerns about a person's welfare
Treatment under the Mental Health Act
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS)
Please note: This booklet covers legislation for Engl