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The history and current context of mental capacity legislation and policy

Key Learning Points

  • Effective professional practice is founded on concern for human rights, to ensure that people receive appropriate support and safeguarding 
  • Prior to taking any action, good knowledge and understanding of the 5 principles of the MCA is vital 
  • There are a range of physical, verbal and environmental indicators that professionals should be alert to, that may suggest someone‚Äôs decision-making capacity could be in doubt 
  • Professionals can be aided in their ability to advise and guide individuals whose capacity is compromised, as well as their representatives, by having good knowledge and understanding of alternative decision-making process aids