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Term: best interests

Term details for 'best interests'

Use in relation to surrogate decision-making if a person has been assessed as lacking capacity e.g. under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Mental Health Act. The ‘best interests’ principle states that any decision made on behalf of that person must be made in their ‘best interests’.

Broader terms
human rights
Related terms
Best Interests Assessors, decision making, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, Mental Capacity Act 2005, mental capacity

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