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BIA & DoLS Refresher Training

Part of BASW's Taught Skills Programme

This one-day programme is designed as a peer learning experience and refresher, providing detailed updates and a reflective space to support Best Interests Assessors and s12 colleagues in practice and deliver the requirements of continued learning as per the Mental Capacity Act (MCA)/(Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) regulations for assessors.

Whilst the original intention was to implement the new framework and introduce the Liberty Protection Safeguards, this has been postponed and it was announced that implementation will now take place April 2022. We are currently awaiting publication of the Code of Practice and required regulations before this can be confirmed.

A great deal has changed over the last few months, with BIAs now operating within the context of the COVID-19 restrictions and grappling with what this means for practice, with Court of Protection guidance being issued and cases continuing to progress through the courts which have a direct impact to how we interpret the current law in practice.

Resources Required:

This course will be delivered via MS Teams, please ensure your IT equipment is updated and is running audio/visual and the latest version of the MS Teams application or access via the web version – please use the joining instructions provided via the diary invite sent to the email you provided on booking.

Learning Methods:

A combination of learning methods will be used throughout the day, including lecture, workshop, and group work. Interactive and experiential methods, group and pair work, and interactive activities in the form of quizzes, polls, case studies, and reflection dilemmas will be used, to inform participant learning and support application to practice.

Course Duration:

The programme will provide the equivalent of 6 hours / 1-day CPD and certification will be provided following attendance to evidence completion.

Learning Outcomes:

Attending this session will provide participants with the following outcomes:

• Provide the opportunity to engage with relevant annual CPD requirements as per DoLS regulations.

• Update knowledge in relation to recent rulings and their impact on DoLS practice, including the impact of the COVID-19 on current BIA practice

• Increased awareness of the revised timeline of the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act and implementation of the LPS scheme.

• Reflect & Analyse upon Capacity determinations and Best Interest decision making in the courts and in practice.

Programme Outline:

9.15 Please log on to MS Teams and join the meeting via the link provided.

9.30 Introductions & Explanation of online methods

9.40 Session 1: Recent developments - working with the MCA in a pandemic Implications for current BIAs

- Remote and video assessments: satisfying yourself in practice.

- Care Home visiting - Accessing records and meaningful consultation.


11.20 Session 2: Practice Issues

- Court of protection in the news

- Best interest decision making during the pandemic in focus

- Covid Caselaw: An update


13.30 Session 3: Update on current developments and issues

• Capacity in practice

• LPS Timelines


15:30 Session 4: Revisiting the RPR selection and use of conditions.

• Showing your workings out: RPR selection

• Conditions to promote residual liberty.


16.30 CLOSE

The Trainers:

The programme will be facilitated virtually on MS Teams by Daisy Bogg from DCC-i Ltd, a BASW and OCN accredited training provider.

Daisy is a recognised national social work specialist and established academic author and trainer, with qualifications in both social work and training. She has nine social work texts and numerous chapters and articles included in her credits. Daisy has been involved in the design, development and delivery of a wide range of learning and development and consultancy programmes, for example, Daisy was the lead author on the Department for Educations Return to Social Work learning materials and the Department of Health Mental Capacity Act for social workers materials, among others. She continues to lecture and practice in several social work roles and is a practice educator for social work students and both children and adults social work ASYE candidates.

Daisy oversees the content and quality of all our delivery programmes and projects. She is a registered SWE social worker, holding additional qualifications in Mental Health (AMHP), Mental Capacity (BIA), Training and Practice Education (PEPS 2). Prior to establishing her own company, Daisy had worked within and managed Substance Use Services and Mental Health Services to Director level. She was an Executive Director within the local NHS health and social care partnership trust (2008 – 2010), accountable to three local authorities, including BBC, for the delivery of a section 75 arrangement and working within health-based delivery and governance systems.

In addition to co-directing DCC-i, Daisy maintains a number of national leadership roles. Until recently she held the Chair position of both the Mental Health Committee and the Mental Capacity Act working group within BASW, she is Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University and BIA teaching lead for the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust BIA programme. 

As well as holding post graduate qualifications in Social Work and practice education, she is an ILM trained mentor, holds the PTLLS level 4 teaching qualification and holds a number of leadership qualifications, including – strategic social care leadership (PG Dip Modules – University of Birmingham) and International Healthcare Management (Yale University / SEPT).

Daisy has significant experience of coaching and mentoring at management levels. Daisy is a passionate advocate of excellent Values and Ethics in the field and as such has a particular interest in Strengths-based approaches and their application in adult social care contexts.

BASW members please log in to your BASW account prior to booking to maintain your CPD record