Across 30 years’ experience at different levels of the social care sector, Jason has always has an interest in looking deeply at issues of individual rights, power and the role of public services. In his professional career as a Social Worker, Trainer and Practice Educator this has led to a passion for high quality practice within the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and safeguarding roles.
Jason has developed many courses and seminars, often drawn directly from experiences in consulting roles for frontline practitioners and always seeking to ensure the learning is directly relevant and applicable to the challenges of practice. He has covered issues including understanding the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, capacity case law, rights and risk taking, mental capacity and sexual relations and frontline practice with people at high risk. On behalf of local authorities, a local Adult Safeguarding Board and in a private capacity Jason’s audiences have included care workers and managers, Social Workers and associated professionals, students, private and voluntary sector organisations and healthcare staff at all levels.
Jason’s enthusiasm for the MCA stems in particular from a firm belief that this enshrines the rights of individuals to self-determination, making it a powerful tool in genuine empowering practice as well as containing powers for professionals and others which must be used with care and accountability. Addressing this tension from a strong values base is combined with an analytical and accessible style, not to mention an endless professional curiosity and a wish to explore the issues which challenge us most.