Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015

The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act is a law that supports the rights of people with disabilities to make their own decisions. It applies to anyone 18 years and over.

  • The Act is informed by guiding principles, which include:
    • It is presumed that every adult can make their own decisions.
    • A person must be given all the help they need so that they can make their own decisions.
    • A person’s will and preference must be respected.
    • Will and preference mean what the person would want for themselves.
    • If a person wants to make a decision that seems unwise, that does not mean they are unable to make that decision.
    • We must respect a person’s right to decide what happens to them, their body, and their property.
    • Act in good faith and for the benefit of the person
  • The Decision Support Service website has a lot of valuable information and resources which will help you to understand more about the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act: