Appeals concerning children aged 0-16 years old can be brought by a parent/s, someone with parental responsibility or someone who cares for the child.
Appeals concerning a young person aged 16-25-year-old can be brought by the young person if the young person has the mental capacity to make an appeal.
Appeals made by a young person will usually be supported by an advocate, which can be a parent, family members or other individuals including someone who has been paid to do so. A representative can also act on behalf of the young person for the appeal process and hearing, if appointed to do so by the young person.
However, if the young person does not have the mental capacity to make decisions, then it can brought by an alternative person acting in the best interests of that young person. This can be any Deputy appointed by the Court of Protection or the young person’s parents.