Rights and Choices

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Natalie Humphrey Enable Rights and Choices of Individuals with Dementia whilst Minimising Risk Outcome 1: Understand key legislation and agreed ways of working that support the fulfillment of rights and choices of individuals with dementia while minimising risk of harm 1.1 Explain the impact of key legislation that relates to fulfilment of rights and choices and the minimising of risk of harm for an individual with dementia * Human Rights Act of 1998 its aim is to support individuals through the UK courts in some of the rights contained in the European Convention on Human Rights. In particular, the Act makes it unlawful for any public body to act in a way which is incompatible with the Convention, unless the wording of an Act of Parliament means they have no other choice. The Human Rights Act also gives people the right to take court proceedings if they think that their Convention rights have been breached or are going to be. Human rights include: • The right to life • The right to liberty and security of person • The right to respect for one’s private and family life, home and correspondence • The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion • The right to freedom of expression * Mental Capacity Act of 2005 this ensures that unless proved otherwise the individual is able to make their own choices. * Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 2005 the primary purpose of these Acts is to provide a legal framework for acting and making decisions on behalf of adults who lack the capacity to make particular decisions for themselves. The statutory principles of the Acts are designed to protect people who lack capacity to make particular decisions. The Acts also support their ability to make decisions, or to participate in decision-making, as far as they are able to do so. Both Acts are supported by a Code of Practice
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