In 2021, the Court of Protection begun a programme of work to digitise and streamline the property and affairs application process, this includes an online application process and changes to the application forms. A pilot of these improvements showed that application waiting times reduced from 24 weeks to 8 weeks. These improvements were rolled out for all court users in February 2023. The forms are still under review and steps are being taken to simplify these as much as possible.
We are also collaborating with ODGs and stakeholders in both the disability and finance sectors to raise awareness of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and ensure that materials are available to support parents and guardians to navigate the legislation.