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Best Interests Assessor Update Training

If you’re qualified as a Best Interests Assessor (A profession who completes assessments under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) then it is a requirement that you undergo annual update training specific to your role.  I’ve developed a day-long BIA update training course which equates to 6 hours of continued professional development and meets this requirement.

The course has been developed by me, I am an experienced Independent Social Worker and Best Interests Assessor. I have a particular interest in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and am regularly instructed by lawyers to complete mental capacity assessments.  As you may expect, my BIA Update Training reflects this so if you’d like to sharpen up your mental capacity assessment skills then this course is for you. The course also looks at current case law of interest and other elements of the BIA role.  It also provides opportunities for you to ask and have answered any questions you might have in a safe environment.

Our Best Interests Assessor Update Training includes the following elements:

  • An analysis of mental capacity assessments and identification of the elements that constitute an excellent assessment
  • A reflection of key case law relevant to mental capacity and deprivation of liberty.  Key pieces of legislation as well as the most recent case law will be examined
  • Consideration of how Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) relates to Article 8 rights to respect for private life, home, correspondence and family life
  • Help to develop your report writing skills and the essential elements of a quality DoLS assessment
  • DoLS or DoL? An overview of the assessment process for those deprived of their liberty who fall outside of the scope of DoLS
  • An overview of the main points of the Law Commission’s proposals: The Liberty Protection Safeguards and an update of where the proposals are in relation to becoming law

I also provide a BIA Update Training course for newly qualified Best Interests Assessors or those who haven’t practiced recently who would like to refresh their knowledge before getting started. This course is the ideal option if you have only the basic knowledge and prefer to update your knowledge and skills with others in the same position as you. The format is slightly different to our regular course and it focuses on providing a refresher of your initial training (the main points at least) and bringing you up to speed with where we are now. Upon completion of this course, email support is available (if required) when you complete your next Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards assessment.

From time to time I’m busy providing training to local authorities and there is a break from providing open courses where individuals can book themselves a place.  Any open course dates will appear in the calendar.  Please feel free to contact me and I will tell you if I have any planned open courses and whether you can book a place.