Search the Register

We will keep the details of decision support arrangements in a searchable register. This section tells you about the register and who will be able to search it.

We will maintain a register of decision support arrangements. Each register will allow certain professionals, organisations and members of the public to confirm whether or not a decision support arrangement exists.

There are five different decision support arrangements for people who have challenges with their capacity and who may need support to make certain decisions. These arrangements are based on the different types of support that a person needs to make a specific decision at a specific time.

We will keep a searchable register of the following arrangements:

  • Co-decision-making agreements
  • Decision-making representation orders
  • Enduring powers of attorney

We will also keep a record of every request made to search a register.

We may also keep a searchable register of advance healthcare directives. The Department of Health is currently making rules about advance healthcare directives. This includes whether or not there will be a searchable register. We will let you know as soon as we have more information.

Why will people need to search the register?

People or organisations may need access to the register to make sure that a decision support arrangement is in place. Because of privacy and data protection laws, organisations such as banks and hospitals may need to confirm that a decision support arrangement is in place before talking to a decision supporter.

Some people may also be concerned that a decision support arrangement includes decisions about property, assets or other financial affairs that they themselves have an interest in.

Who can access the register?

There are three categories of people who will be able to access the register:

  • A recognised organisation that has been approved by us
  • A member of a professional body that has been approved by us
  • A member of the public who can demonstrate that they have a legitimate interest in searching the register

The Department of Justice and Equality are currently making rules which will say which organisations and members of professional bodies will be able to apply to us to be approved.

Request from a member of the public

Any person will be able to make request to search the register. A request will made in writing and sent to us through our website. The person will have to show us that they have a good reason to search the register and to be given details of the decision support arrangement.

We will review each request and decide whether or not to grant the person access to the register.

Request from a recognised organisation

Certain organisations will be able to apply to have access to the register. Once approved, recognised organisations will be provided with secure access to search the register.

This may include organisations such as banks, nursing homes and other residential health and social care services.

The Department of Justice and Equality are currently making rules which will say which organisations can apply to be approved. We will let you know as soon as we have more information.

Request from a member of a professional body

Certain individuals who are registered with a professional body will be able to apply to have access to the register. Once approved, those individuals will be provided with secure access to search the register.

This may include individuals such as lawyers, accountants and registered health and social care professionals.

The Department of Justice and Equality are currently making rules which will say which individuals can apply to be approved. We will let you know as soon as we have more information.

Will it cost to search the register?

There will be a fee to search the register and to get a certified copy of a decision support arrangement. Fees may vary depending on the level of access you need. The fee will be paid before access is granted.

The Department of Justice and Equality will set the fee for searching the register. We will let you know as soon as we have more information.