The Services an AIVuk Member Can Provide To
Local Authority Deputies
- Deputyship Visits:
- It is expected by the Office of the Public Guardian that clients
will be visited by the Deputy once a year. These visits can be
delegated to AIVuk members, who are recognized as being qualified to
carry them out and issue subsequent MCA compliant reports for
submission to the OPG.
- Testamentary Capacity Assessments:
- Using the principles of Banks v. Goodfellow, AIVuk members are
skilled in the application of the case law to their questioning of
clients to ascertain their testamentary capacity.
- Best Interests Decisions:
- Expertise in explaining and applying the principles of Best
Interests enable AIVuk members not only to gather the evidence to
reach a decision but to document the process in a way which is MCA
compliant and able to be used as evidence to substantiate the
- Independent Advocacy:
- AIVuk members will liaise with Childrens and Adults Services on
behalf of clients to ensure that they obtain their rights to
assessment and support under health and social welfare legislation,
such as the Mental Capacity Act and the Care Act 2014.
- Investigation of Complaints:
- AIVuk members will carry out investigations into Care Home
provision and into complaints against the care being delivered in
- Understanding the Office of the Public Guardian and Court of
- AIVuk members, most of whom are, or have been, Visitors for the
Court of Protection, are uniquely placed to offer information on how
to work with the OPG and the CoP.
- AIVuk members can offer training and general information sessions
with voluntary and professional organisations, such as local
charities and care homes