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The Mental Capacity Act – An Introduction

The Mental Capacity Act came into force in England and Wales in 2007. It is an important piece of legislation which applies to people aged over 16 years. Most of us will not need to know much about it, but if you or a loved one have any type of cognitive impairment then the Mental Capacity Act may become very relevant.

Case Study: The Mental Capacity Act and Rebecca

I was asked to get involved in the case of a young woman with a mild learning disability. For the purposes of confidentiality, we will call her Rebecca. Rebecca did not agree to a plan her care agency had set and I was asked to get involved.