Code of Practice for Special Visitors

13 April, 2023

This code of practice provides guidance for special visitors appointed to the special visitor panel established and maintained by the Decision Support Service. It provides guidance on meeting their statutory obligations under the Act.

It describes the role, functions and duties of a special visitor and explains specific requirements and considerations during a visit and when undertaking an assessment of capacity. It also includes their record keeping and reporting obligations.

Plain English guide and video

We have developed a plain English Your Guide to the Codes of Practice. The guide has been written according to the principles of plain English with the support of an experienced plain English practitioner.

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