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Best Interests Assessor Role: An Opportunity or a ‘Dead End’ for Adult Social Workers?

Hubbard, Rachel



© 2017 British Association of Social Workers. This opinion article explores the significance of the Best Interests Assessor role in England and Wales for social workers working with adults. It considers the challenges of the role following the Supreme Court’s Cheshire West (2014) judgement and the implications for BIAs of the Law Commission’s 2017 plans for replacing DoLS with the ‘Liberty Protection Safeguards’. The author explains why they consider the BIA role to be a valuable one for the status of adult social work as well as for people who may lack capacity to uphold their human rights, with some reservations about the risk of diluting the safeguards the current role represents for those vulnerable people.


Hubbard, R. (2018). Best Interests Assessor Role: An Opportunity or a ‘Dead End’ for Adult Social Workers?. Practice, 30(2), 83-98.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 23, 2017
Publication Date Mar 15, 2018
Deposit Date Sep 29, 2017
Journal Practice
Print ISSN 0950-3153
Electronic ISSN 1742-4909
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 2
Pages 83-98
Keywords best interests assessor, mental capacity act, adult social work, deprivation of liberty safeguards, human rights
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Practice: Social Work in Action on 13/09/2017 available online:


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