Welcome to the February 2021 Mental Capacity Report. Highlights this month include:
(1) In the Health, Welfare and Deprivation of Liberty Report: vaccination; interim authority to treat pending a final order, and a further LPS impact assessment;
(2) In the Property and Affairs Report: guidance following ACC for professional deputies;
(3) In the Practice and Procedure Report: a checklist for international relocation, covert treatment and the courts, and recording of court proceedings;
(4) In the Wider Context Report: decision-making and 16/17 year olds, FAQs following the Devon judgment on personal assessment, spotting coercion and control and the BIHR’s resources for service providers;
(5) In the Scotland Report: further developments relating to the Scott review, including an update from the Chair, and Scottish consideration of relocation.
Alex has also recorded a walk through of this month’s report which you can watch here.
You can find our past issues, our case summaries, and more on our dedicated sub-site here, where you can also find updated versions of both our capacity and best interests guides. We have taken a deliberate decision not to cover all the host of COVID-19 related matters that might have a tangential impact upon mental capacity in the Report. Chambers has created a dedicated COVID-19 page with resources, seminars, and more, here; Alex maintains a resources page for MCA and COVID-19 here, and Neil a page here. If you want more information on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which we frequently refer to in this Report, we suggest you go to the Small Places website run by Lucy Series of Cardiff University.
Neil has also done a discussion paper outlining and commenting upon the key elements of the White Paper published on 13 January 2021 proposing reforms to the Mental Health Act 1983, available here.