Public Consultation Phase 2

Thank you for your interest in the public consultation on draft codes of practice. This consultation has now closed. The fourteen draft codes of practice can be accessed on the Resources section of our website.

What are the public consultations about?   

The public consultations give you the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft codes of practice. There is a separate consultation for each code of practice. You can find out more about the draft codes under each code of practice heading. You can respond to as many consultations as you wish. 

What are codes of practice and how should they be used? 

Codes of practice are sets of written rules which define how persons or bodies must act in given situations. These draft codes of practice are designed to assist those who have statutory obligations under the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 (the 2015 Act) as well as all those who may be called upon to provide assistance to a person with decision-making capacity challenges.

Who wrote these draft codes of practice? 

The National Disability Authority was appointed by the Department of Justice to write non-healthcare codes and worked with a number of expert groups to produce these drafts. We have reviewed these drafts and revised the codes to reflect anticipated amendments to the Act that are available to us at this time.  

Who should respond to the consultations? 

We the Decision Support Service especially want to hear from people with disabilities and their families and carers and others who may be considering acting as a decision supporter or other intervener under the 2015 Act. 

How can you provide feedback? 

You can find out more about the draft codes and how to provide feedback under each code of practice heading. You can respond to as many consultations as you wish. When providing feedback please bear in mind that the final code of practice must reflect the contents of the 2015 Act. 

When do the consultations close? 

This is the second in two phases of public consultations. This phase opens on Monday, 10 January 2022 and closes at 5pm on Friday, 18 February 2022. 

How will we use your feedback?  

We will carefully assess all feedback we receive and take it into account when finalising the codes of practice. 

When will the final codes of practice be published? 

We intend publishing the final codes of practice, with Ministerial approval, before the Decision Support Service opens in mid-2022 when the 2015 Act is fully commenced.   

 

 

Consultation on the code of practice for decision-making assistants

The purpose of this code of practice is to provide guidance on good practice for decision-making assistants on how to assist a relevant person under the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. Good practice includes adhering to the guiding principles within the Act and working with other decision supporters and interveners.

Read more about the code and how to give your feedback

Consultation on the code of practice for co-decision-makers

The purpose of this code of practice is to provide guidance on good practice for co-decision-makers on how to assist a relevant person under the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. Good practice includes adhering to the guiding principles within the Act and working with other decision supporters and interveners.

Read more about the code and how to give your feedback

Consultation on the Code of practice for decision-making representatives

The purpose of this code of practice is to provide guidance on good practice for decision-making representatives on how to assist a relevant person under the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. Good practice includes adhering to the guiding principles within the Act and working with other decision supporters and interveners.

Read more about the code and how to give your feedback

Consultation on the code of practice for attorneys

The purpose of this code of practice is to provide guidance on good practice for attorneys on how to assist a relevant person under the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. Good practice includes adhering to the guiding principles within the Act and working with other decision supporters and interveners.

Read more about the code and how to give your feedback

Consultation on the code of practice for special visitors

The purpose of this code of practice is to provide guidance for special visitors in meeting their statutory obligations under the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. The code describes the role, functions and duties of a special visitor and explains specific requirements and considerations during a visit.

Read more about the code and how to give your feedback

Consultation on the code of practice for general visitors

The purpose of this code of practice is to provide guidance for general visitors in meeting their statutory obligations under the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. The code describes the role, functions and duties of a general visitor and explains specific requirements and considerations during a visit.

Read more about the code and how to give your feedback

Consultation on the code of practice for court friends

The purpose of this code of practice is to provide guidance on good practice for court friends on how to assist a relevant person under the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. Good practice includes adhering to the guiding principles within the Act and working with decision supporters and other interveners.

Read more about the code and how to give your feedback

Consultation on the code of practice for independent advocates

The purpose of this code of practice is to provide guidance on good practice for independent advocates on how to assist a relevant person under the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. Good practice includes adhering to the guiding principles within the Act and working with decision supporters and other interveners.

Read more about the code and how to give your feedback