The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is relevant to much of what care providers and their staff do every day, but the evidence suggests that it  is not understood or applied as well as it ought to be.

The Winterbourne View Joint Improvement Programme, in partnership with the Care Provider Alliance, of which ARC is a member, commissioned some guidance for providers of community services and a briefing paper aimed at members of care provider’s boards in order to support providers to apply the MCA in the right way.

These two documents are aimed at helping to ensure that the legal rights of those who may lack capacity are upheld and that the individual is at the heart of decision-making.

The CPA have also produced an easy read guide to the MCA to accompany these two documents.

They cover:

  • What the MCA is, and why it matters
  • What mental capacity means
  • Acting in someone’s best interests
  • Limits on what can be done in someone’s best interest, including deprivation of liberty


  • Mental Capacity Act 2005: A brief guide for providers of Shared Lives and other community services 
  • Care providers and the Mental Capacity Act 2005: Advice for members of care providers’ boards
  • Easy read guide to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 

MCA and DoLS Training

ARC can provide a one-day delivered course providing information to help staff understand the Mental Capacity Act and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and their implementation throughout the social care sector.

For more details contact Lisa Lenton, ARC’s Learning and Development Manager: