Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has published an updated version of its safeguarding policy for children, and adults at risk of abuse.

The Public Guardian has a statutory duty to safeguard donors of registered enduring and lasting powers of attorney and persons for whom the Court of Protection has either appointed a deputy or authorised someone to carry out a specific transaction.

The safeguarding policy sets out how OPG works with other agencies (including local authority adult social services and the police) to recognise and manage suspicions, allegations and findings of abuse (both financial and non-financial) of persons who come within the Public Guardian’s statutory remit.

The updated policy takes into account the new duties and responsibilities imposed on local authorities by the Care Act 2014 and contains a helpful list of circumstances that fall outside the OPG’s investigative remit (see paragraph 16 of the policy).