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CQC Glossary of terms used in the guidance for providers and managers
This refers to authority given under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, such as a valid and applicable advance decision to refuse treatment, Lasting Powers of Attorney for health and welfare containing relevant clauses, Court-Appointed Deputyship including relevant decision-making powers, a decision of a Court, the Mental Health Act 1983, or a best interest assessment in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act 2005. It can also refer to people having parental responsibility for any child aged under 18, which may be a natural or adoptive parent or a local authority if a care order is in place.
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