If someone is deprived of their liberty under the Mental Capacity Act they must have a representative.
This could be a family member or a friend, but if there is no ‘appropriate individual’, a paid representative could be appointed. These are sometimes known as a Relevant Person's Paid Representative (RPPR).
A paid representative will:
• regularly visit the person deprived of their liberty
• help the person understand the decision around the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
• help the person exercise their rights
• esure conditions related to the DoLS are met
• where appropriate, ask for a review of the decision.
Referrals for a paid representative will be made by the Council to the Integrated Statutory Advocacy Service.