Adult Social Care - Advocacy

Deputyship

The Deputyship department gets involved when a person is suffering from a mental disorder and is unable to manage their own financial affairs. When a person needs their financial affairs to be managed a referral from a Social Care Worker will be sent to the Deputyship team, a Deputyship officer will then apply to the Court of Protection for the appointment of a Deputy. If permission is granted by the Court of Protection then the Deputyship Team Manager will be appointed as Deputy.

We will only get involved when all other options have been considered regarding relatives and next of kin making an application to be Deputy.

The main aim of the Deputyship Officer would be to act in the best interests of the client at all times and provide high quality individual management of their financial and legal affairs. Each case referred is different and so are the individual’s needs and capacity. The vulnerability of the client and their needs are the foremost considerations when working in the Deputyship department.

A Court of Protection application can only be made for someone who is deemed as lacking capacity by a medical professional to manage their finances. The Assessor will undertake an assessment within guidelines set under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.