What is a Welfare Deputy?
A welfare deputy also known as a personal welfare deputy is an individual who is appointed by the Court of Protection to make important decisions on behalf of someone who lacks mental capacity to make those decisions themselves.
The need for a welfare deputyship arises when a person lacks the mental capacity to make informed decisions for themselves because of an impairment of, or a disturbance in the functioning of, the mind or brain. Examples of such include diagnoses of dementia, mental illness, or an acquired brain injury. In these cases, an action taken or decision made for or on behalf of that individual must be made in their best interests. Under such circumstances the welfare deputy is authorised by the Court of Protection to make decisions for the individual and ensure that their best interests are protected.
The role of a welfare deputy is of utmost importance as they take on a significant level of responsibility. They help ensure that the person under their care receives the necessary medical treatment, lives in a safe and suitable environment, and has their healthcare needs met. Decisions that a health and welfare deputy may be able to make on behalf of the individual include decisions regarding their day to day care, where and with whom the individual should live, the treatment they receive (with some important exceptions) and the support and care they receive.
Our team of experienced professionals can help you understand the requirements for appointing a welfare deputy, assist in the application process, and provide ongoing advice throughout the duration of the deputyship.
If you have any questions about welfare deputyships or need assistance in this area, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Our dedicated team is here to help you navigate this complex area of law and provide the support you need.