The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) protects people in England and Wales who may not have the mental capacity to make certain decisions for themselves, such as about their health, welfare and finance. One of OPG’s primary responsibilities is to supervise the decision-making of public authority deputies appointed by the Court of Protection. 

The OPG and the ADASS have a good relationship and feedback suggests that members (particularly those not from an adult social services background) would welcome further information on best practice standards.  The session aims to provide authorities with further support regarding the deputyship function along with some clarity about the issues OPG has identified in their local authority assurance visits.

The OPG will also provide an update on latest developments such as their digital reporting function for public authority deputies which aims to make the management of cases much easier. The final part will look at how to broaden the lasting power of attorney landscape thus reducing deputyships - a gratifying concept for over burdened authorities!   

Chair: Stephen Chandler

Participants:

Andrew Parker (Acting Head of Customer Relationship Management) OPG