Factsheet: The Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Supported Decision Making
From September 2014, under Part 3 of the Children and Families
Act 2014, the right to make requests and decisions applies directly
to disabled young people and those with SEN over compulsory school
age (the end of the academic year in which they turn 16) rather
than to their parents.
This has raised a lot of questions from young people, their
families, and professionals working with them, about how young
people can be prepared and supported to make important decisions
about their future.
Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) have worked in partnership with
the Transition Information Network (TIN), the Information Advice
and Support Services Network (IASSN) and Making Ourselves Heard
(MOH) to develop this factsheet. We have considered the practical
implications of the key principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
and how they link with the duties in the Children and Families Act
2014 and the Care Act.
Through working with young people we have explored how supported
decision making can create positive outcomes for them as they
prepare for adulthood as well as considering how they would want to
You can access our factsheet