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Best Interests Assessor

Keele University
School of Law
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1 block of 4 full days
Social, legal, police, healthcare and other professionals working with adults.
Keele University, Keele, ST5 5BG, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

The School of Law offers a new Masters CPD module for social, legal, police, healthcare and other professionals working with adults. The course is specially designed so that it may be taken by those who are in full-time employment.

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.

Prospective applicants are very welcome to contact the Course Director, Laura Pritchard-Jones ([email protected]) to discuss the course.

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