A review by the Public Guardian of how the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) supports him in the supervision of Court of Protection (CoP) deputies has identified ways in which the OPG can improve the protection it affords to those lacking capacity. These include:

  • a move towards supervising according to deputy type in order to enable staff to specialise in one of the deputy types (lay, professional or local authority);
  • greater familiarisation with the challenges faced by a particular vulnerable group.

The review also addresses concerns about the charges levied by professional deputies. New measures which have been agreed with various stakeholders include targeted assurance visits to deputies and their clients carried out by a specialist OPG team, and also a requirement for deputies to submit annual plans and asset inventories, with work and cost estimates. Standards for professional deputies are also being developed.