Welfare cases in the Court of Protection: The views of professionals

The closing date for sending in your responses to the survey has been extended beyond September – we would love to hear from you!

A range of professionals play a role in welfare cases in the Court of Protection, including solicitors, barristers, judges, health and social care professionals, litigation friends and advocates.  We are using focus groups and surveys to gather the views and experiences of these professionals in relation to accessibility, efficiency and transparency in the Court of Protection.


If you are a professional with experience of the Court of Protection’s welfare jurisdiction, and would like to take part in our survey, you can do so by:

  1. Read the information sheet about the survey: Information about focus groups and surveys.
  2. NHS staff should also check whether we need to seek approval from their Trust’s R&D department for them to complete a survey.  If so, please contact us.  You may wish to share this guidance with your manager and Trust R&D Department: WCCOP Information for NHS managers and R&D.  We have provisional approval from ADASS for local authorities.
  3. Read and complete the consent form: Survey Consent form
  4. Read and complete the appropriate survey for your organisation and professional background:

When you have completed the survey, please send it back to Lucy Series along with the signed consent form.  Further guidance is contained in the information sheet.  The deadline for the survey is 30 September 2015.

Focus groups

We have been conducting a small number of focus groups with professionals to discuss the questions posed in the survey. We are still looking for NHS organisations who would like to take part in a focus group to discuss their experiences of welfare cases in the Court of Protection.  If your NHS organisation might be interested, please contact Lucy Series.