Mental Capacity Act & Vulnerable Dependent Drinkers

Target audience

This course is appropriate for staff in all services who work with people who are at risk of alcohol related harm. This will include anyone working in public facing roles in health, social care, criminal justice, community safety, housing, homelessness, domestic abuse, or other care roles.

What will I Learn:

The aim of both the document and of the training is to:

Enable professionals in England and Wales to use the MCA and other legal frameworks to manage and protect chronic dependent drinkers.

The course is on how to make most effective use of the main legal powers which can protect vulnerable dependent drinkers: the Mental Capacity Act, as well as the Care Act and the Mental Health Act. In addition, it emphasises the importance of a framework of processes that will enable the powers to be used most effectively and it explores what constitutes a good care plan for this client group.

By the end of the training course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify chronic dependent drinkers who require the protection and support of key legal powers
  • Challenge the “lifestyle choice” paradigm that is applied to this client group
  • Understand how the Mental Capacity Act applies
  • Understand how the Care Act and the Mental Health Act applies 
  • Understand what care plan interventions support action under these powers
  • Understand what helps makes these powers work to their best effect.

This supports: Public Health and Safeguarding Adults workforce development objectives

Provider/Trainer:  Mike Ward, Senior Associate, Alcohol Change UK (External)

Training team contact:  

Cost: N/A

Booking Details:

Online: Please click ‘Apply’ against your preferred date listed below

Email: If you have any queries or are unable to complete an online form, please contact the Workforce Development Admin Team: or on 0191 277 2091.

If you are a Newcastle City Council employee you can book on any of these courses via LMS

Please see the Charging Policy as you may be charged for training.

Please note – no courses are currently available.
Due to Covid19, courses are being moved online. Please check back later for further updates.