Welcome to the tri.x Mental Capacity Act 2005 practice resource for children’s services. This resource will support practitioners working in statutory social care and provider services to understand the Act and practice confidently when supporting young people to make decisions, assessing mental capacity and applying the Best Interests principle. This is a LIVE online resource; updated by tri.x as and when it needs to be in response to changes in legislation, case law and best practice.

These resources are not intended to provide legal advice and you are encouraged to seek your own legal counsel when considering the area of The Mental Capacity Act 2005



Contents

1. Introduction
2. Purpose and Principles of the Mental Capacity Act
3. Supporting a Young Person to make their own Decision
4. Assessing Mental Capacity
5. Making a Best Interests Decision
6. Implementing a Best Interests Decision
7. The Court of Protection