Deputies: make decisions for someone who lacks capacity

8. Supervision, support and visits

As a deputy, you’ll be supervised by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). They’re authorised to contact you or visit you to check you’re being an effective deputy. They can also give you advice and support.

How you’ll be supervised

New deputies get a ‘general’ level of supervision for their first year.

After that, if you’re a property and affairs deputy who manages less than £21,000, you’ll move to ‘minimal’ supervision. You’ll pay a lower fee and have to write a shorter report each year than deputies with general supervision.

Supervision visits

You may be visited by a Court of Protection visitor to check if you:

  • understand your duties
  • have the right level of support from OPG
  • are carrying out your duties properly
  • are being investigated because of a complaint

The visitor will call you to arrange the visit and explain why they’re visiting.

Contact OPG

Tell OPG if you’re planning to make an important decision, for example you want to sell the property of the person you’re deputy for so they can move into a care home.

Office of the Public Guardian
Telephone: 0300 456 0300
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9am to 5pm
Wednesday, 10am to 5pm
Find out about call charges

Office of the Public Guardian
PO Box 16185
Birmingham
B2 2WH