Keeping safe from abuse

Making important decisions

The ability to understand and make a decision when it needs to be made is called ‘mental capacity’.

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is a law designed to protect and give rights to individuals who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. It applies to people aged 16 and over. Find out more from NHS: what is the Mental Capacity Act?

The video below explains how:

  • anyone that cares for you can help you to make decisions for yourself
  • the law makes sure that any decisions made for you are in your best interest