The Mental Capacity Act (NI) 2016, passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly two years ago, may shortly be put into operation officially. It is likely to affect virtually all aspects of the lives of persons, including (but by no means restricted to) those with an intellectual disability, who are over 16 years of age and who ‘lack capacity’ to make their own decisions in respect of a whole range of financial, health and welfare matters. In short, no–one – including a parent – may ‘make a decision’ on behalf of any adult who has the capacity to make that decision for him/herself.
In our workshop we explore what it means within the Act both to have capacity and to lack capacity. We examine the procedures that must be followed to ensure that all decisions and actions that are taken in the future are compliant with the Act. Several possible implications for church–life will also be considered.
We recommend this workshop as of significant benefit to anyone with ongoing responsibilities for the care of persons (whether with or without an intellectual disability) who are over the age of 16 years and who either lack or may be suspected of lacking the capacity to make their own financial, health or welfare decisions.
Presented by Dr Ivan Bankhead, whoworked as a clinical psychologist for almost 40 years with both adults and children with an intellectual disability.