AIVuk was formed in February 2008, following the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. It comprises a nationwide group of experts, including current and ex-Court of Protection Visitors, who formed an alliance to work with private clients and their families, solicitors, Deputies and Attorneys in upholding and safeguarding best interests.
AIVuk members, currently located in all areas of England and Wales, are able to pool their extensive knowledge and resources to provide expertise in working with elderly and disabled people. They hold a range of professional qualifications and include social workers and nurses. They have a comprehensive knowledge of Court of Protection and Office of the Public Guardian procedures and of the health and social welfare context of clients.
Visitors carry out a number of tasks, from individual case management of clients through to general support with Court of Protection and Office of the Public Guardian matters. They work with professional and lay Deputies. They offer general health and social welfare support as added value to the Deputy role. They are qualified to provide mental capacity assessments, Skills Based Certificates for Lasting Powers of Attorney and are available to serve Notices. For busy professional Deputies they can provide a fee paid visits service to a set, but adaptable, format, geared to providing the information needed when accounting to the Office of the Public Guardian.
To private clients, Visitors offer a wide range of services, from short term general advice and support through to more complex and long term advocacy and case management. AIVuk members are contracted by Local Authorities to carry out visits on their behalf thus providing a completely independent overview of a client’s well being.
All AIVuk members have up to date Criminal Records Bureau checks and carry full professional indemnity insurance. They work to their own Ethical Code with high standards of professionalism and commitment.
With the strapline "Safeguarding Best Interests", AIVUK members will guarantee to put the client at the heart of the process.