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An introduction to applying the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 in education: Exploring the issues for educational psychologists

28 June 2017 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Focusing on applying the Mental Capacity Act in education, this workshop aims to familiarise Educational Psychologists with the MCA principles and processes in order to help integrate them into everyday practice.

The Children and Families Act 2014, enacted in September 2014, formally introduced the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and it’s Code of Practice (MCA COP) into education.

The DfE introduced the new duty for all education professionals, working with the 16 -25 years age group, to have regard to the MCA Code of Practice, but with no training to support people in understanding the new requirements.

SEND COP Annex 1 is the only DfE guidance relating to responsibilities in relation to the MCA. It is brief, lacking in definitions, not wholly correct and omits information, leading to misunderstandings and confusion.

This workshop is focussed on specifically applying the MCA in relation to educational decisions. It introduces the MCA principles, including concepts and language, as well as definitions of capacity and to lack capacity, and determining when and how to undertake capacity assessments. An EP’s role in relation in assessing a young person’s capacity, for example when requested to do so on behalf of another education professional, and other professional and ethical issues will be explored.

There will also be a focus on good practice for undertaking capacity assessments and an EP’s reflection on the process, for example using the BPS and SCIE (2010) Audit tool for Mental Capacity Assessments, as well as working with the young person’s parents in relation to the young person’s capacity to make their own decisions. Discussions will be facilitated using case studies.

Target audience 

This workshop is for local authority EPs including service managers, independent EPs as well as Educational Psychologists in training and assistant educational psychologists.

BPS London Office
30 Tabernacle Street

Event Location: 

  1. To set the MCA in context
  2.  To define capacity and to lack capacity
  3.  Introduce the Principles of the MCA
  4. Understanding when and how to undertake a capacity assessment – good practice.

Jane Sinson, CPsychol is an HCPC registered educational psychologist and Chartered Psychologist who has worked as a local authority educational psychologist for over 20 years.

Additionally, she has also worked for an independent psychological service undertaking assessments for the Disabled Students award in further and higher education.

She now works independently and has undertaken capacity assessments of predominantly young adults in Care Proceedings and presents training on applying the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in education. 

Jane is a panel member of the First-tier Tribunal Special Educational Needs and Disability. Jane has written two publications about the Mental Capacity Act

09:30 Registration
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30 Lunch
16:30 Workshop ends
Non-Members £240.00 (£200.00 + VAT)
Society Members  £150.00 (£125.00 + VAT)

Please note: online bookings will close at noon on 27 June 2017.

Please call +44 (0)1952 214065 for availability after this point.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice (a purchase order is required for invoices) please complete and return the 2017 Registration Form.

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests at least 6 weeks before the event date.


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