What is supported decision-making? New good practice guide

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland has published a new (and in my view excellent) good practice guide on supported decision-making.

The guide was produced for the Commission by Jill Stavert, Professor of Law at Napier University (and one of the contributors to the Scotland section of the Mental Capacity Law Newsletter)  and sets out why supported decision-making is an important concept.  It explains how adults with mental illness, dementia, learning disabilities and other related conditions, who may have difficulty making decisions, can be supported to ensure that decisions made, by or about them, genuinely reflect their choices.

Whilst the guidance is notionally Scotland-specific, I would suggest that its principles are equally applicable to those seeking to implement the MCA in England and Wales (and indeed in other jurisdictions).


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