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Capacity Law code of practice - consultation

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Tuesday 24 January 2023

The Committee for Health & Social Care is consulting on the draft Code of Practice for the Capacity (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2020.

The Code underpins the Law by setting out the practical details and processes which should be followed when performing duties and exercising powers under the Law. This is a key part of the work currently being undertaken by the Committee to implement the Law in its entirety, having already brought into force the provisions relating to Lasting Powers of Attorney.

The Code also aims to empower people to make decisions about their lives wherever possible and to protect their human rights, while affording them the greatest care and respect. It will ensure that the Law is implemented across the Bailiwick in a consistent and practical manner, and it seeks to reflect current best practice and give clear and accessible guidance for those that need it.

The Committee wishes to encourage anyone who has an interest in capacity or will be affected by, or knows someone affected by, the draft Code to respond to this consultation. This may be as a worker in the health and care sector, a family carer or, most importantly, people who may be directly affected by the Law because they lack, or are starting to lose, capacity to make important decisions. The Committee has therefore produced an easy read summary booklet of the Code so that all members of the community can understand it.

Full information on the consultation exercise can be found here: Capacity Law Code of Practice consultation - States of Guernsey (gov.gg)

A response form can be found at the link above and the Committee for Health & Social Care welcomes any comments by the 3rd March 2023.

You do not have to provide your name, but it would be helpful if you can state your interest or role and a means of contacting you if further clarification is needed. Confidential information about another identified or readily identifiable person should not be included unless you have permission to do so from that person.

If you have any queries on the consultation, please contact healthandsocialcare@gov.gg.

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