Accredited CPD Courses




Best Interests Assessor CPD Module

Keele University


The module aims and objectives are consistent with the Best Interests Assessor Capabilities specified by the College of Social Work.


Assessment is in two parts: A Case study of 4000 words (70% of the marks): A decided case for the Court of Protection or other relevant court will be analysed in terms of its impact on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) and the role of the Best Interests Assessor (BIA). This will include detailed discussion of related decisions in the context of the framework of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. By Coursework (30% of the marks): Students will shadow a BIA in the course of an assessment for a Deprivation of Liberty Authorisation, complete a mock application form for a Deprivation of Liberty Authorisation (suitably anonymised) in respect of the case shadowed and a reflective account of the assessment process. Students will be employees of local authority social services departments or health authorities and as such are subject to the requirements of the professional regulatory body, the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) regarding confidentiality and other ethical matters. Employers will provide the shadowing experience with a senior co-employee already qualified as a Best Interests Assessor.



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