Safeguarding and Mental Capacity

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NHS England Safeguarding app

The NHS Safeguarding app has been developed to act as a comprehensive resource for healthcare professionals, carers and citizens. It provides 24-hour, mobile access on up to date legislation and guidance across the safeguarding life course.

The app also provides information on how to report a safeguarding concern and even has a directory of safeguarding contacts for every local authority in England, searchable by region.

It is accessed by over 300 users daily and has had over 100,000 downloads.

It can be accessed via Apple iOSGoogle Play or it can be downloaded by visiting your device’s appropriate app store and searching for ‘NHS Safeguarding’.

Mental Capacity Act 

The 'At a glance' summary on the Social Care Institute of Excellence website presents an overview of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005, which is important to health and social care practice.

The MCA has been in force since 2007 and applies to England and Wales. The primary purpose of the MCA is to promote and safeguard decision-making within a legal framework. It does this in two ways:

  • by empowering people to make decisions for themselves wherever possible, and by protecting people who lack capacity by providing a flexible framework that places individuals at the heart of the decision-making process
  • by allowing people to plan ahead for a time in the future when they might lack the capacity

Read the full 'at a glance' summary on the Social Care Institute of Excellence website by using this link.

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