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Contact with relatives in care homes during coronavirus pandemic

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The Court of Protection is a specialist court that safeguards the rights of the most vulnerable people in society. With the coronavirus pandemic leading to increased restrictions on vulnerable adults in care settings, including stopping all visits from...

The impact of the Coronavirus Act 2020 on social care assessment and support

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The Coronavirus Act 2020 came into force on 25 March 2020. This is temporary legislation which has a huge impact on vulnerable adults in need of, and currently receiving, social care support. Key duties imposed under the Care Act 2014 are now suspended,...

Court of Protection case highlights the need for mental capacity assessments on an issue specific basis

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In a recent case, the Vice President of the Court of Protection, Hayden J, reminded us of the importance of the presumption of capacity and the requirement for proper assessment of mental capacity on an issue-specific basis. Everyone is assumed to have...

Applications made under the Mental Capacity Act increased in 2019

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The third quarter of 2019 (July-September) saw a record number of applications made under the Mental Capacity Act according to a recent update on family court statistics. A total of 9,407 applications were made under the act during this...