Mental Capacity Act Learning Event: Learning from SW Safeguarding Adult Reviews

About this event:
Please join this learning event to hear about how you can improve your mental capacity practice as a practitioner and within your organisation.

This free event is open to everyone working in social care in the South West region including care provider staff, care home managers, student social workers and occupational therapists and local authority employed social care staff.

Barry Graves from ADASS South West has completed a thematic review of the South West region’s Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs) focussing on the theme of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. This learning event will summarise the key findings and recommendations for practice from this review that are applicable across the spectrum of social care. There is relevant learning for practitioners, learning and development providers and those in more senior and/or strategic positions.

Safeguarding Adult Reviews are statutory enquiries completed under s.44 of the Care Act 2014 when an individual with care and support needs dies, is thought to have experienced harm and agencies could have potentially worked better together. The SAR’s purpose is to identify and disseminate learning from such events.

Themes identified from the 62 SARs included in this review and covering all areas of the region include:
– Assumption of mental capacity
– Executive function
– Executive function in the context of self-neglect and substance misuse
– Auditing and quality assurance
– Misapplication of the Act including incorrect notions of ‘a right to make unwise decisions’ and time specific nature of decisions
– Safeguarding and risk management
– Deprivation of Liberty
– Specific learning in relation to care providers and hospital discharge
– Advocacy and court access
– Examples of good practice

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and a FAQ will be compiled and shared with all participants at the end of the series of events.

Please contact Barry Graves directly if there are any queries about this event –

About the author/presenter:
Barry Graves is employed on a secondment basis by ADASS South West as the region’s Liberty Protection Safeguards Implementation Lead (Adults). Following the delay to the Liberty Protection Safeguards, Barry has been focussing on regional improvement for ADASS South West in the areas of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty. Barry is a registered social worker with experience of working with adults with a learning disability and/or autism diagnosis.

How to Register
Please email

This event will be hosted via MS Teams. A link will be sent to the email address you registered with nearer the time of the event. Please cancel if you can no longer attend after registering to allow someone else to take your place.

All events in this series will cover the exact same content – please only register for one.

20/02/2024 09:30 -10:45
22/02/2024 13:30 -14:45
23/02/2024 10:00 -11:15
26/02/2024 10:00 -11:15
27/02/2024 10:00 -11:15
27/02/2024 13:30 -14:45

Closing Date for applying:
Wednesday 21 Feb 2024

This event is delivered remotely via MS Teams.




The event is finished.


Feb 22 2024


1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
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