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Mental capacity and protection of human rights in care settings examined

22 February 2022

The Joint Committee on Human Rights continues its inquiry into the protection of human rights in care settings with a session focusing on capacity, mental health, and human rights concerns for people with dementia, with learning disabilities and autism.

Witnesses

Wednesday 23 February 2022

At 3pm

Panel One

  • Dan Scorer, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Royal Mencap Society
  • Sam Cox, Knowledge Officer (Legal and Welfare Rights), Alzheimer’s Society

Panel Two

  • Dr Lucy Series, Wellcome Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Law, Cardiff University
  • Richard Charlton, Solicitor specialised in Mental Capacity and Mental Health Law
  • Professor Judy Laing, Professor of Mental Health Law & Policy at the University of Bristol’s Human Rights Implementation Centre

The session investigates how access to adequate care for people with dementia, with learning disabilities or autism can be secured and their human rights protected.

This includes how effective measures such as Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) have been in protecting the security and liberty of those who lack capacity to consent. It also looks at concerns relating to the role of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in monitoring and preventing ill-treatment of care users.

Further information

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