Release of visitors' reports: Public Guardian practice note

Guidance on who Court of Protection visitors are and when their reports can be released.



Court of Protection visitors report independently to the Public Guardian and the Court of Protection. They help in the Public Guardian’s role of:

  • supervising deputies
  • investigating concerns about the actions of a deputy or attorney

Depending on the circumstances, a report may be released:

  • to people a visitor has interviewed while preparing a report (at the Public Guardian’s discretion)
  • to people or organisations included in a Public Guardian application to the court
  • to the police or a local authority involved in an investigation
  • after a request for personal information under the Data Protection Act (known as a subject access request)
  • with the court’s permission, if it ordered the report
Published 17 July 2017