The Office of the Public Guardian

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice.  It exists to promote the financial, health and welfare affairs of people who lack mental capacity, in conjunction with the Court of Protection.

The OPG vision

Safeguarding rights and enabling and encouraging choice for all who need our services.

Supporting statements for the OPG vision:

  • Acting in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the principles of the Code of Practice.
  • Supporting, supervising and guiding appointed decision-makers.
  • Promoting knowledge, awareness and information about the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

OPG values

The OPG holds values tailored to enable its staff and the organisation to provide the best possible service to its customers.

  • Accessible - We make our services available to all who need them providing an adaptable delivery of support, advice and choice.
  • Straightforward - We conduct our business in an open and honest way, respecting and protecting confidentiality.
  • Professional - We treat our customers and staff with respect, working in partnership effectively and demonstrating personal and organisational excellence.
  • Progressive - We are flexible and evolve by learning from experience to continually improve the service to our customers and the working environment for our staff.
  • People Orientated - We foster a learning environment to encourage our staff to develop and to further their skills for the benefit of the business and to meet their personal goals.
  • Diverse - We acknowledge the diverse society that we serve and we respect and value this diversity in all that we do.

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