|Information as of date||23/06/2015|
|Number of guardianship cases awaiting allocation||92|
|Total clients under guardianship of the Public Advocate||1011|
|% of cases allocated to individual guardians||90.90%|
The Office of the Public Advocate has significant responsibilities in adult guardianship, advocacy, investigation and education. Statutory Guardianship is one of our most important legal obligations and the number of people under guardianship of the Public Advocate has significantly increased over the past two years (from 600 to over 960). Consequently we are not currently able to immediately allocate an indvidual advocate/guardian to every person who is received into guardianship. We allocate as quickly as possible and in accordance with a priority rating system.
We offer a ‘duty response’ to calls or contacts about clients who are waiting for allocation. The duty worker can make decisions on behalf of these clients in consultation with senior staff if necessary. Please contact the duty worker if you have concerns about a change in someone’s circumstances which might require more urgent allocation/attention.
It should be noted that in considering this waiting list, approximately 70 people on the list, have been referred for guardianship following a policy change in Disability Services. A key element of this policy change, precluded senior disability staff from taking on a traditional medical and dental consent role defined in the GAA, and therefore increased demand for guardians. This will be reversed, so it is not expected that this group will expand further.
Our apologies for any inconvenience or difficulties that these delays are causing.
Priorities for allocation
Priority 1: Evidence of significant danger to self or others that may be overcome or altered by a decision of the guardian/actions of an investigation
Priority 2: Not in imminent danger but
- Significant infringement of rights
- Important opportunities that might be missed if not allocated
Priority 3 Evidence that client will benefit from proactive guardianship action
Priority 4: Routine guardianship with no particular evidence of immediate need for decision making