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Mental Capacity Act Charter

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is underpinned by five key principles. The principles are the benchmark and must underpin all acts carried out and decisions taken in relation to the MCA.

Principles 1 to 3 will support the process before or at the point of determining whether a person lacks capacity.

Once a decision is made that capacity is lacking, principles 4 and 5 are used to support the decision-making process.

To show your commitment to the principles and to empower people to make their decisions, please sign up to our MCA charter by emailing MCAcharter@bedford.gov.uk

 

MCA Charter

I pledge:

  • Not to discriminate and make assumptions about a person’s decision-making ability
  • Empower and support people to make their own decisions
  • Respect people’s rights to make unwise decisions 
  • Ensure any decision making is made in the person’s best interests
  • Ensure decisions consider human rights and maximise people’s right to autonomy, independence and self-determination

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