Havering Council systems maintenance on Sunday 20 January

Online payments, planning searches, phones and some of our other systems will experience some disruption between 8am and 12noon on Sunday 20 January while we carry out essential maintenance. Please do try again after 12noon if you experience issues. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Independent mental capacity advocates (IMCA's)

The Independent mental capacity advocate (IMCA) role is to support and represent the person who lacks capacity. There is a number of different IMCA Roles involved in supporting people who may be subject to the DoLS.

  • Section 39A IMCAs are instructed when there is a DoLS assessment and  there is no relative of friends to represent the person being assessed.
  • Section 39C IMCAs cover the role of the relevant person’s representative when there is a gap between appointments.
  • Section 39D IMCAs support the person, or their Relevant Person’s Representative, when a DoLS authorisation is granted.

More information can be found in section 7 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 - Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Code of Practice

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