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Rights and the Law

Our factsheets, FAQS and templates give valuable information about you and your family members’ legal rights.

Children, young people and adults will be supported to exercise their human rights (which are the same as everyone else’s) to be healthy, full and valued members of their community with respect for their culture, ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, sexuality and disability.  

Our resources listed below give information about your, and your family member’s, legal rights.

Making decisions

If you are worried that you are not being involved in best interests decisions, read our webpage about making decisions:

  • Are you unsure whether your adult relative can make decisions for themselves?
  • Do you want to know what rights you and they have to make decisions?
  • Are you concerned that professionals are making decisions for your adult relative without consulting you?

Making decisions

Deputyship

If you have a family member with severe learning disabilities they may not be able to make all their own decisions e.g. choosing where to live. You may want to gain legal authority to make decisions about money, housing or welfare on their behalf. Read our quick read guide on getting legal deputyship for property or welfare decisions, with a complete information sheet available to download.

Deputyship

Legal Support

Read our information page about how to get legal advice and/or a solicitor:

  • Do you need legal advice on behalf of a family member who has a learning disability?
  • Are you unsure how to get a solicitor?

Legal support

Other resources

Mental Capacity Act Template Letters

If you’re concerned that you are not being involved in decisions affecting your family member, view our template letters which are designed to help you challenge this.

Mental Capacity Act Template Letters

Meeting the Challenge Legal FAQ: Frequently asked questions about the law

One of the ‘Meeting the Challenge’ guides produced by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, alongside Mencap and Respond. This factsheet will provide you with information about your family member’s legal rights in relation to social care and health provision and how to exercise these rights.

Meeting the Challenge Legal FAQ

Meeting the Challenge Guide 7: How do my family member’s rights change as they become an adult?

One of the ‘Meeting the Challenge’ guides produced by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, alongside Mencap and Respond. This factsheet will provide you with information about some of the main changes that will occur when your son/daughter moves from childhood to adulthood.

Meeting the Challenge Guide 7

A Guide for Advocates

A very practical tool from the CBF for both professional advocates and family carers advocating on behalf of their family member. This resource aims to provide a practical tool for advocates in supporting a person with behaviour described as challenging, to enable them to exercise their rights to the same life opportunities as everyone else.

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Other useful related information

Transition planning

Transition planning

We all think about the future, some of us more than others. When your relative has severe learning disabilities and displays challenging behaviour, their needs will be more complex.

Deputyship

Deputyship

Getting legal Deputyship for property or welfare decisions. Quick read guide with a complete information sheet available to download.