The 5 Principles of the MCA are well applied by social workers because they chime with our professional values. The Principles instruct us to be anti-discriminatory, to enable self-determination and to respect non-conformity. And that’s just the first three Principles! Social workers everywhere apply them to gain consent before every bit of intervention.
That the Act has not been fully understood and implemented across health and social care was one of the findings of the Select Committee’s post-legislative scrutiny in 2014. It is now getting on for ten years since the Act came into force yet we are still talking about some professionals not understanding the Act or not being aware of it. This is not acceptable. We are talking about a person’s legal rights being ignored by public servants.
Sometimes it is not that a professional is unaware of MCA but that they want to achieve a particular outcome…
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