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Safeguarding persons without mental capacity and providing more support for their caregivers

Type: Fact Sheets

Topic(s): Children & Families


1. The Committee to Review and Enhance Reforms in the Family Justice System (RERF Committee) is finalising its recommendations on how the Government, judiciary and community partners can work together to strengthen support for better family outcomes.

2. One of the key areas which the RERF Committee’s recommendations focus on is to safeguard persons without mental capacity and providing more support for their caregivers through -

a. Simplifying the deputyship application process to make it simpler and more affordable for caregivers who require deputyship powers.
b. Providing training and support for appointed and prospective deputies to better understand their role and obligations.
c. Facilitating use of counselling and mediation for dispute resolution and to better support deputies who may face caregiver stress.
d. Enhancing OPG’s process for supervision of deputies so that appropriate intervention can be rendered for cases facing challenges.
e. Building up capabilities of professionals in the social sector to better support caregivers of those who have lost mental capacity.

3. The other two key areas of focus relate to (a) reducing acrimony and conflict in divorce for positive family outcomes; and (b) improvements to the family justice system to achieve better family outcomes.

4. The Government will seek the public’s views on the full set of RERF Committee’s recommendations via a public consultation exercise. More details will be revealed in the next few months.

Annex A - About the Committee to Review and Enhance Reforms in the Family Justice System.pdf

Annex B - Likely Asked Questions.pdf