Practice guidance on the involvement of Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) in safeguarding adults

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Gorczynska, Teresa; Thompson, David
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Date of publication
2 November 2009
SCIE guide; 32
Mental health services, Older Adults
Social welfare
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Local authorities and NHS bodies are expected to have a policy setting out the criteria for deciding whether an Independent Mental capacity Advocate or IMCA should be instructed to represent and support a person involved in safeguarding adults proceedings. An example policy based on the guidance is included in the Appendix.

This good practice guide is primarily aimed at professionals who have responsibilities in relation to safeguarding adults and may be involved in safeguarding adults proceedings. This includes local authorities, IMCA providers, safeguarding managers, the police and other safeguarding adults partners.