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By law, if an adult is unable to make key decisions or take necessary actions to safeguard his or her own welfare, a court can appoint a 'welfare guardian' to do this for him or her.
Mental Welfare Commission response to queries related to when to use s13ZA v Guardianship following the Cheshire West Supreme Court decision.
There may be a need to start the process of applying for guardianship in order that the guardian is in place when the individual turns 16.
We have been in discussion with the Scottish Legal Aid Board about civil legal aid for welfare guardianship applications.