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Capacity to protect — the Mental Capacity Act explained

Toby Williamson (Department for Constitutional Affairs, Mental Capacity Implementation Programme)

The Journal of Adult Protection

ISSN: 1466-8203

Article publication date: 1 March 2007



2007 marks a major step forward in the history of adult protection with the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act in England and Wales. Understandably, debates about adult protection have usually focused on the more obvious types of abuse ‐ sexual, physical, financial and emotional. The Mental Capacity Act addresses a much wider issue of abuse where a person's right to make their own decisions, and to have proper safeguards and protection if decisions need making on their behalf, is overridden or ignored. This article gives an overview of the Mental Capacity Act and its relevance to the files of adult protection.



Williamson, T. (2007), "Capacity to protect — the Mental Capacity Act explained", The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 25-32.



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