The Convention has had a profound impact upon the way in which those with mental health problems are treated and cared for. However, this is an important and difficult area where there continues to be room for considerable improvement. Nevertheless, human rights have been a driving force behind the improvements to law and practice that have occurred in recent times.
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) - (link to the Act).
The MCA was designed to protect those who cannot make decisions for themselves. The MCA is underpinned by human rights principles that aim to ensure its provisions are applied in a way that respects our human rights. Guiding principles of the MCA include: