Mental Capacity Act Training Sat 22nd June, Exeter

Jun 22, 2019

For those of you with young people over the age of 14 who may have needs in addition to their vision impairment, we are able to offer you a free and excellent training course called:

“Young people and decision making: The Mental Capacity Act (2005) in 2019
‘No decision about my education without me…’”

Saturday 22 June 2019, 10:45 - 14:15 at Belmont Chapel, Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB

The course has been 100% subsidised by Moorvision and the only cost is for lunch and refreshments, which is £5/adult and £2.50/young person. Early booking is recommended as places are limited.

Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is for parents/carers of young people aged 16-25, who may also have significant learning difficulties, attending an educational placement. It is also suitable for parents/carers of young people aged 14 years, and young people (14 to 25yrs) themselves, who are planning for when they reach their 16th birthday or beyond.

What will I get from this workshop?
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 states that from their 16th birthday, all young people can make their own decisions about their education, health and social care, and it is expected that they will do so.
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 states that a young person’s special educational needs, diagnosis, age or behaviour are not reasons a young person can be considered unable to make their own decision.
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 applies to parents as well as education, health and social care professionals.

This workshop explains and explores:
• The Mental Capacity Act 2005
• The legal definitions of capacity, and to lack capacity, and how it is decided if a young person lacks capacity to make a particular decision.
• If a young person is deemed to lack capacity to make a decision about their education then it is normally their parents who will make this decision on their behalf, using The Mental Capacity Act 2005 ‘best interests’ checklist. The workshop will cover the checklist and provide guidance about how to use it
• How to encourage and support young people’s ability to make their own decisions.
Who is leading the workshop?

The workshop leader will be Jane Sinson, an HCPC registered educational psychologist, the author of Applying the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in Education: A Practical Guide for Education Professionals, published by Jessica Kingsley in 2016. Jane led the development of NatSIP’s materials and training on the Mental Capacity Act, and has worked as a local authority educational psychologist for 20 years, prior to which she worked as a special needs teacher in a range of mainstream, resourced and special schools.

Questions about the workshop?
Please contact Laura Hughes. Email:


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