What happens when people cannot look after their own interests? This is an important issue for children involved in care proceedings or legal disputes about their care, and for adults who lose the full ability to make decisions for themselves. What happens when vulnerable adults appear to be in need of protection from exploitation or are vulnerable to some kind of financial abuse? What happens when they know they cannot manage their own affairs or want to nominate someone to look after their affairs for them when they are no longer able to do so? Who has the responsibility for representing the interests of vulnerable adults when there are controls placed on their freedom, or when they are confronted with major changes in living arrangements? What happens when there is a dispute between relatives, local authorities and others concerning what may be in someone’s best interests? What role do the courts play in all of this?
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