Best Interests Assessors are responsible for conducting assessments and applications for deprivation of liberty authorisations. This area of professional practice has grown significantly and there is demand for suitably qualified practitioners. This module will prepare you to undertake the role of Best Interests Assessor (BIA) when considering a deprivation of liberty, employed by a local or health authority or as an independent BIA. The module includes detailed consideration of the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and relevant law, guidance and caselaw applicable to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Participants will shadow a Best Interests Assessor conducting an assessment and reflect on the assessment process.
On completion of the module you will have the skills and knowledge required to ensure competent performance as a Best Interests Assessor. You will also have 30 M Level Credits and the option to apply to our Postgraduate Diploma / MA in Safeguarding Adults: Law, Policy and Practice programme. If you choose to apply to this programme the credits from the BIA module will be accredited and will contribute towards the requirements for the PgDip/MA.