Lords Committee says Mental Capacity Act is failing

A House of Lords inquiry report out today suggests that vulnerable adults are being failed by the Mental Capacity Act even though the laws are designed to protect and empower them. The report finds that social workers, healthcare professionals and others involved in the care of vulnerable adults are not aware of the Mental Capacity Act, and are failing to implement it.

Young people’s mental health services in Wales “in crisis” according to expert

A BBC Wales investigation has found that young people with a mental illness are often left struggling to cope without the appropriate support. One expert said there are only half the required staff in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS): Dr Elspeth Webb, a reader in child health at Cardiff University, said services across Wales were operating at between 20% and 40% of the recommended staff levels.