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BASW Cymru best interests assessors survey

This survey is intended for completion by social workers as well as nurses, occupational therapists and psychologists who have trained and practiced as best interests assessors (BIAs) and who are wholly or partly based in Wales.

We would like to hear your views on professional development in relation to Mental Capacity Act practice and the prospects for Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) implementation.

LPS is planned to replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) scheme in October 2020.

The drafting of the scheme has been influenced by the experience of professionals acting in the role of Best Interests Assessors (BIAs) under the DoLS scheme. It is very likely that existing BIA staff will play roles under the new configuration of the LPS scheme.

The answers you provide will help to shape a response to the Welsh Government about the implementation of the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) through the Mental Capacity Amendment Act 2019.

This work is being led by the Social Work Law in Wales Policy, Practice and Education Group (PPEG) of BASW Cymru, who are involved in lobbying Welsh Government.

All information given in response to the survey will be treated as confidential.

The survey will take about 15 minutes.

Please forward the link for the survey to colleagues.

Please submit your answers by Friday 27 March

BIA survey in English

BIA survey in Welsh