The Role of Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCA) in Safeguarding (ADASS Guidance)

In line with ADASS guidance an IMCA should always be appointed for an adult who lacks capacity unless it will bring no additional benefits.

Examples

For adults who are subject to harm from family members/friends an IMCA should always be appointed at the start of the safeguarding process

For adults who have supportive families/friends but who may be “risk adverse” i.e. would push for a 24 hour care solution an IMCA should be appointed to avoid a potentially unlawful deprivation of liberty

For adults who have supportive families/friends who will support the adult in line with their wishes and the appointment of an IMCA may result in distress to the adult, it would be appropriate not to appoint as it will bring “no benefits”.

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