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Children and Young People – Deprivation of their liberty and using MCA

Reference 110522
Venue By zoom
Date May 11, 2022
Time (start) 10 am (lunch 30 mins)
Time (end) 3.30pm
Cost £125 + VAT
Price includes Price includes refreshments and training materials but NOT lunch.

Those working with Children and Young People often have a very sketchy knowledge of the MCA and the lawful way to deprive them of their liberty.

Using the MCA 16/17 and how does this relate to parental responsibility?

Implications of Supreme Court decision in Re D (PR cannot authorise DoL)

DoLs start at 18. MCA 16. MHA no minimum age for detention.

How to lawfully deprive a child or young person of their liberty requires great care.

What is a DoL and where does parental responsibility fit? Recent case law.

The course will look at the complex inter relationship between the MCA, MHA and Children’s legislation

When should a child or young person be sectioned?

Misunderstandings about sectionability.

What alternatives are there?

Where does s.25 Children Act (secure accommodation) fit in?

Comments from previous course:

“This is the second course for PELT that I have attended. I am scheduled to attend a further two.

The material is exceptionally useful and, despite the delivery taking place via Zoom, Peter encourages as much interaction as time and numbers allow. His pace of delivery is perfect, allowing time to process as well as appropriate use of humour.

Although the courses are designed as stand-alone, I have found an excellent overlap of material between MHA and MCA training. This would be expected given the nature of the material, and allows an element of revision and context.

I am learning a great deal from this training and Peter offers ‘contextual time’, ie. Allowing individual candidates to offer examples and ask questions specific to their working environment.

Looking forward to further courses.”


“Really informative thought-provoking training. Peter pitched it perfectly for the variety of roles the attendees had and was able to answer a multitude of questions based on specific situations regarding Dol of children and young people. Dols isn’t a new area for me but this client group is so I now feel much better informed about which frameworks are applicable and feel slightly worried that many CYP are being restricted/deprived without a protective framework being in place.

Will be recommending this training to my organisation.”


 I could relate to a lot of the course content and felt it was a really good refresher to my current knowledge base.

Presenter was friendly and approachable and did not put people on the spot. Good knowledge of subject matter. Thank you.”


As it was very detailed I do feel that I may need to attend again just to cement the knowledge and of course things constantly change due to case law. Peter kindly points out avenues of keeping up to date but I also feel these courses are a relevant and essential attendance for my role to keep up to date as well and feel this should be highlighted.

As always really knowledgeable I like to facility of virtual training as it cuts out that travel but does have a lack of networking when we had breaks but it was interesting to hear others experiences.

Thanks again for a really interesting day.

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