Walking the tightrope of managing vulnerable adults: capacity, best interests and the inherent jurisdiction

Readers may have had experience of the provision of care into very difficult home circumstances, involving elderly and vulnerable service users and this recent case certainly demonstrated those, including the complex family dynamics that can typically present in these types of cases.

The case of Mr Meyers, which has been before the court twice in recent months, is illustrative of both the challenging issues these cases present and the court’s approach to making decisions in relation to vulnerable and capacitous adults.

If you want to remind yourselves of your duties, including your safeguarding obligations in these set of circumstances – take some time out to read and learn from the judgments and erudite comments of 39 Essex Chambers in A Local Authority v BF and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council v Meyers.

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