Mental capacity, intimate relationships and adult safeguarding: Frontline Briefing (2022)

Published: 06/12/2022

Author: Pritchard-Jones L



Safeguarding adults who may be experiencing abuse or neglect in emotionally or physically close relationships can present practitioners with complex ethical and decision-making challenges. This frontline briefing explores the law in the context of supporting adults who have care and support needs with intimate relationships, where there are also concerns about abuse or neglect.

The briefing focuses predominantly on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA), as the key piece of legislation underpinning this area that practitioners need to understand when supporting people with the broader aspects of interpersonal and intimate relationships as well as sex. It also considers the intersection between the MCA and criminal law.

Professional Standards

PQS:KSS - Safeguarding | Mental capacity | Direct work with individuals and families | Person-centred practice | Developing confident and capable social workers | Assuring good social work practice and development | Promoting and supporting critical analysis and decision-making

CQC - Safe | Effective

PCF - Rights, justice and economic wellbeing | Diversity and equality | Values and ethics | Critical reflection and analysis

RCOT - Understanding relationship | Service users | Collaborative

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