You can now access information and advice factsheets in the following categories: 

General, Community Care, Welfare Benefits, Mental Capacity Act, Health, Transforming Care, Disability Discrimination, Criminal Justice, Employment.

You can also access information and advice precedent letters in the following categories: 

Community Care, Welfare Benefits, Mental Capacity Act, Health, Transforming Care, Disability Discrimination, Special Educational Needs, Continuing HealthcareSafeguarding.

Beneath each of the following headings are links to relevant documents (each of which has a specific code e.g. SC14).

General

Take a look at the following general factsheets:

SC44: Completing a Mencap template letter

Community Care

Take a look at the following community care factsheets:

SC59: Carers' rights

SC1: Adult Needs Assessments under the Care Act 2014

SC3: Direct payments overview

SC5: Financial charges for care

SC6: Reviews and new assessments

SC7: What is advocacy?

SC8: Moving accommodation

SC11: Social care needs assessments info pack

SC37: Advocacy: Refused as appropriate person

SC38: Social care jargon buster

SC39: Short breaks: entitlement for children

SC40: Short term care and respite care

SC41: Social care assessments: What happens next

SC42: Social care assessments and duties: Children and young people under 18

SC43: Transition from children's to adult care services

SC45: Community care myth buster

SC46: How to request an increase to your Direct Payments

SC48: Accessing information

SC49: Financial charges for care: Frequently asked questions

SC50: Advocacy in the assessment and care planning process

SC51: Getting more out of meetings

Welfare Benefits

Take a look at the following welfare benefits factsheets:

WB8: Reasonable adjustments

WB13: Recovery of overpayments of benefits

WB7: Delays in receiving benefits

WB11: Employment Support Allowance (ESA): Information on the Work Capability Assessment

WB2: Mandatory reconsiderations

WB3: Mandatory reconsiderations: Late requests

WB9: Personal Independence Payment (PIP): Filling in your PIP2 "How Your Disability Affects You" Form

WB10: Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment

WB12: Personal Independence Payment (PIP) factsheet

Mental Capacity Act

Take a look at the following Mencap Capacity Act factsheets:

MCA1: Appointees, deputies and power or attorneys 

MCA2: Assessing mental capacity when making decisions

Health

Take a look at the following health factsheets:

H1: Decisions relating to CPR

H2: Advanced decisions and Do Not Attempt to Resuscitate decisions (DNAR)

H4: Moving between hospital and a care home

H5: Transition between inpatient hospital settings and the community - NICE Guide

Transforming Care

Take a look at the following Transforming Care factsheets:

TC1: Bespoke packages

TC2: Care and treatment review

TC3: LD blue light protocol

TC4: Learning disability behavioural specialist list

TC5Tribunals and Transforming Care

Disability Discrimination

Take a look at the following disability discrimination factsheets:

DD1: Easy read guide to the Equality Act

Criminal Justice

Take a look at the following criminal justice factsheets:

CJ1: Police powers at the police station and appropriate adults

CJ2: Your rights at court

CJ3: Prison rights

CJ4: Changing solicitor

Employment

Take a look at the following employment factsheets:

WE1: The benefits of employing someone with a learning disability

WE2: About learning disability and employment

WE3: What support is there for employers

WE4: Workplace adjustments for people with a learning disability

WE5: Best practice for employing people with a learning disability

 

 

Precedent letters

These precedent letters are designed to address complex legal situations.

If you are a member of the public and require advice on completing a letter, please contact the Learning Disability Helpline.

If you are a member of our Legal Network, please complete a webform to access support.

Community Care

Take a look at the following community care precedent letters:

SC2: Request care plan after assessment

SC9: Request needs assessment for a person lacking capacity

SC10: Request a needs assessment for a child

SC12: Concerns about an assessor

SC13: Concerns about assessment

SC14: Concerns about delay

SC15: After assessment emergency support

SC16: Care Act assessments

SC17: Care Act assessments 2

SC18: Request increase in Direct Payments

SC19: Funding dispute

SC20: Can I have that in writing?

SC21: Inter agency disputes between Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and local authorities (LA)

SC22: Inter agency disputes between local authorities

SC23: Moving local authorities: Letter to second local authority

SC24: Refused as an appropriate person

SC25: Involving an advocate

SC26Moving local authorities: Letter to first local authority

SC27: Continuing healthcare (CHC) assessment request

SC28: Requesting Direct Payment increase (updated)

SC29: Request for child's needs assessment under Section 58 of the Care Act

SC30: Request carer's assessment under Section 10 of the Care Act

SC31: Request information around a person's care

SC32: Request review of financial charges - non residential

SC33: Request direct payment increase after National Minimum Wage uplift

SC35: Using the precedent letters

SC36: Direct Payments and deputyship

SC52: : Requesting direct payment increase and backpay

SC53: After assessment req carer support plan

SC54: Concerns about an advocate

SC55: Concerns about a carers assessment

SC56: Concerns about a delay - carer

SC57: Concerns about refusal to assess

SC58: Refusal S10 carers needs assessment

Welfare Benefits

Take a look at the following welfare benefits precedent letters:

WB1: Mandatory reconsiderations for Carers Allowance

WB4: Mandatory reconsiderations for Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

WB5: Mandatory reconsiderations for Employment Support Allowance (ESA)

WB15: Mandatory reconsiderations for Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

WB16: Reasonable adjustments

WB17: Template requesting medical evidence for PIP

Mental Capacity Act

Take a look at the following Mental Capacity Act precedent letters:

MCA3: Failure to assess mental capacity

MCA5: Best interests letter and leaflet

Health

Take a look at the following health precedent letters:

H7: Challenge a Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) notice

H8: Problems relating to hospital discharge

H9: Formal complaint under CCGs complaints procedure

Transforming Care

Take a look at the following Transforming Care precedent letters:

TC6: Safeguarding referral

TC7: Letter of support for reasonable adjustments

TC8: Relevant guidance: Safeguarding

TC9: Request reasonable adjustments 

TC10: Safeguarding referral health and restrictive practices

TC11Care and treatment review (CTR) discharge template

TC12: Care and treatment review (CTR) at risk template

Disability Discrimination

Take a look at the following disability discrimination precedent letters:

DD2: Direct discrimination complaint

DD3: Indirect discrimination complaint

DD4: Reasonable adjustments complaint

DD5: Victimisation complaint

The Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales.

They provide a number of model letters that can be used to address disability discriminations here.

Please note that Mencap cannot guarantee that the information provided by external organisations is up to date.

Special Educational Needs

Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (IPSEA) is a registered charity (number 327691) operating in England.

IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

They provide a number of model letters that can be used to address problems with special educational needs provision.

Please note that Mencap cannot guarantee that the information provided by external organisations is up to date.

Continuing Healthcare

Take a look at the following continuing healthcare precedent letters:

CHC1: Continuing healthcare (CHC) assessment request

Safeguarding

Take a look at the following safeguarding precedent letters:

SC34: Safeguarding template letter for families

 

Find out more

If you have any questions about how to use any of these documents please dial in to the surgery or email advice@mencap.org.uk.