Having a voice in research


Based on research evidence, we developed the ASSENT guidance. 

The purpose was to define a way through the complexities of including adults who may lack capacity and/or have communication difficulties in ethically-sound research.                                                                                                 

It achieves this in the context of existing legislation, by:                                                                                            

Providing elucidation of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) research provisions in England and Wales;     

Recognising personal autonomy in all its gradiations;

Defining practical strategies and resources that serve to endorse the greater agency of affected adults.


Drawing on our findings, we developed some web-based guidance to provide enhancements to the MCA Code of Practice within the context of existing legislation.

The ASSENT web-based guidance is ready for use!

You can access the guidance here: Assent Guidance