The Mental Capacity Act 2005 applies to everyone over the age of 16 and this guideline focuses on decision making for people who may lack capacity now or in the future.
This new guideline from NICE sets out clear recommendations across a range of areas:
- Supporting decision-making
- Advance care planning
- Assessment of mental capacity
- Best interests decision-making
It aims to help those working directly with young people and adults aged over 16 to support them to make their own decisions where they have the capacity to do so and to keep people who lack capacity at the centre of the decision-making process.
The Council for Disabled Children in partnership with the Transition Information Network and Face Front Inclusive Theatre have developed an interactive training webinar aimed at VCS practitioners who want to learn more about mental capacity and supported decision making which you can access for free here: https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/transition-information-network/news/its-my-life-decisions-capacity-and-ehc-plans-webinar
You can also download our Decision Making Toolkit.