Mental Capacity Act 2005 & Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Training

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 provides a statutory and quality framework to empower and protect some of the most vulnerable people in society. It makes it clear who can take decisions, in which situations and how they should go about this in respect of people who lack capacity to make particular decisions for themselves. 

Gloucestershire Safeguarding Adults Board (GSAB) offer the training needed to do this effectively and with confidence.The GSAB have a recommended Training pathway for all organisations and partners. 

Please select the appropriate level below for further information on the course content and how to book.

Level 1 training is available as an induction E-learning programme. We offer two individual modules, one on Mental capacity and one on deprivation of liberty safeguards. 

The MCA e-learning:
• Explains how the MCA protects people who may lack capacity to make decisions themselves
• Explores how the Act co-ordinates the law about care and treatment of people who lack capacity
• Offers key information about the MCA and the changes made since its implementation.

The DoLS e-learning:
• Aims to help you understand the background of DoLS
• Consider the difference between ‘deprivation’ and ‘restriction’ of liberty
• How these might apply to a particular patient or service user

This E-Learning is free to access for anyone working or living in Gloucestershire.

How to access the ELearning:

You can access this E-learning Module via LearnPro Community.

Please contact the Multi-Agency Workforce Development Team on or 01452 324306 for a registration guide. 

This Level 2 course is a half-day face-to-face session delivered by a GSAB approved trainer. 

This training for all staff in health, social care and all other settings with direct contact with adults with care and support needs. 

This aim of the session is to:

  • Develop an understanding of the principles of the Mental Capacity Act
  • Understand capacity, what it is and how it is assessed
  • Consider key factors in decision making
  • Understand DoLS and Court of Protection orders

How to book Safeguarding Level 2 Training:

GCC Staff only: Through our Course Booking System LearnPro

Non GCC staff: Through your organisation's GSAB approved MCA trainer. Or, please contact an approved GSAB Trainer to deliver this course to groups in your own workplace, or to find a training provider with courses open to individuals: Approved GSAB Trainer list


Further information: This training is valid for three years, however we recommend employers assess individual knowledge and competence regularly and refreshing as appropriate.

This MCA & DoLS Level 3 training is a half day face to face course.

It is to meet the needs of professional Leads from any of the organisations signed up to the multi-agency policy. Additionally, Locality Managers, Community Managers, Team Managers, Medical staff who will be undertaking MCA 2 or equivalent, Reablement Co-ordinators, Assessment Team, Support Planning Team, Enablement. 

The course looks at:

  • Documenting capacity assessments, best interest decisions and significant decisions
  • The best interest process 
  • DoLS - What is deprivation of liberty, and the application process

Level 1 and Level 2 training should be completed prior to attendance

How to book this course


This training is a full day face to face programme that is bespoke for adult social care practitioners. 

This course looks at:

  • Capacity, what it is, how it is assessed, and completing MCA 1 & 2 forms
  • Understanding the MCA and how it is applied in health and social care
  • Identifying key factors in relation to making best interest decisions
  • Understanding DoLS and when to make an application

You do not need to complete the level 2 training prior to attending this course. 

How to book this course

If you experience any difficulties registering or accessing any of the above courses, please contact the Multi-Agency Workforce Development Team or 01452 324306.

Go to Mental Capacity Act (MCA) page


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