Adult safeguarding – helping adults at risk

Mental Capacity Act

There are times when the Adult at Risk may need help to make decisions, or may lack the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves.

In some circumstances, other people, including family, carers or professionals, may be allowed to make the decision in the person’s best interests, provided they follow the guidance provided by the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

The Act is intended to assist and support people who may lack capacity and also to balance a person’s right to make decisions for themselves with their right to be protected from harm.

Clear and simple guidance for everyone is provided in the Code of Practice to the Act.

Read the Code of Practice to the Act on justice.gov.uk