Welcome to the October 2021 Mental Capacity Report. Highlights this month include:
(1) In the Health, Welfare and Deprivation of Liberty Report: the 14th birthday of the MCA, an important case about the scope and limits of ADRTs, and the impact of coercive control on capacity
(2) In the Property and Affairs Report: a deputy stand-off and new blogs from the OPG
(3) In the Practice and Procedure Report: anticipatory declarations and medical treatment – two different scenarios
(4) In the Wider Context Report: children, competence and capacity in different contexts, the JCHR launches an inquiry into human rights in care settings, and a Jersey perspective on deprivation of liberty
(5) In the Scotland Report: the Supreme Court, devolution and implications for CRPD incorporation, and resisting guardianship.
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.
You can also watch Alex’s walkthrough of this months’ report here.