Are we doing enough to protect vulnerable adults?

16 July 2013

The House of Lords Committee charged with investigating the Mental Capacity Act 2005 will hear from several major disability charities on Tuesday 16 July


Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 10.40 am:

  • Vanda Ridley, Communications Manager at the Down’s Syndrome Association;
  • Beverley Dawkins OBE, National Officer for Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities at Mencap; and
  • Hannah Barnett, Head of Operations at the National Autistic Society.

Following on, at 11.40am, the Committee will question:

  • George McNamara, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the Alzheimer’s Society;
  • Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway; and
  • Paul Farmer, Chief Executive Officer of Mind.

About this session

The Committee will question the witnesses on the practical effect of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 on individuals and their families. Peers will probe whether the Act is understood and used by those who need its protections the most; whether professionals really know what is in someone’s best interests; and whether prosecutions for abuse of learning disabled adults are being pursued.

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