Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Champions

Stockport Safeguarding Children Partnership and Safeguarding Adults Board are currently looking for nominated safeguarding and MCA Champions.

If this is something that appeals to you or you know of someone who is suitable to fulfil the role, then we would like to hear from you.

The role of MCA Champion

A safeguarding and MCA champion will be a resource available to key partner organisations who has access to the workforce and who is in a position to cascade learning and information across their respective organisation, specifically relating to to the safeguarding agenda. 

There can be up to 2 champions per organisation which would provide standby for any champion to attend meetings in the absence of the other.

Each safeguarding and MCA champion would be expected to support the local Safeguarding Partnerships in 4 key ways:

  1. to make sure the principles of safeguarding and MCA are integral to practices
  2. to support and advise team/service area colleagues on safeguarding and MCA matters
  3. to act as a resource and point of contact for colleagues who require support and guidance with safeguarding and MCA issues
  4. to cascade/disseminate safeguarding and MCA information received to colleagues within their teams

We would expect champions to provide this support by:

  • sharing their own learning of safeguarding and MCA resources within their respective organisation
  • developing positive, supportive working relationships with champion colleagues across the partnership in order to share best practice and lessons learnt
  • facilitating communication pathways across their agency in order to streamline and influence safeguarding and MCA practice across the workforce
  • facilitating feedback via the designated safeguarding and MCA leads to the Safeguarding Partnerships

The support MCA Champions will receive

Training: 

  • 1 day learning event
  • further opportunity to attend safeguarding events, learning hubs and conferences

Consultation

  • availability and access to attend quarterly peer champion meetings

Recall

  • 1 recall day to share experiences, identify common challenges
  • date TBC

Who can apply?

  • individuals whose current roles or activities involve safeguarding and the application of MCA
  • members of staff with a senior role who have access to the workforce and who are in a position to cascade learning and information across the organisation
  • champion functions should be complementary to ‘the day job’
  • will not be be paid for fulfilling the championing duties

It will best suit people who are:

  • passionate about learning and improvement in safeguarding
  • keen to share experiences and contribute to a community of practice

Nominating champions for your area:

We expect nominations to come in the main from Service Leads, Designated Leads or other key colleagues with responsibility for safeguarding and MCA.

How to apply

Email your expression of interest to stephen.dawson@stockport.gov.uk and lee.woolfe@stockport.gov.uk.

Closing date is 3 December 2020. 

Please tell us;

  • the name of the organisation you;re applying from
  • what would you most enjoy about being a safeguarding/MCA champion
  • why think you would make a good MCA champion

 When we receive your expression of interest, you’ll receive an email with details of how to join the MCA forum on Thursday 10 December from 10am to 11am. 

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