Under the Mental Health Act 1983, an individual can be appointed to help someone with a 'mental disorder' live as independently as possible in the community. This is called a guardianship order, and the appointed person is the guardian.

The guardian can make some decisions on behalf the person with a mental disorder. These decisions must be the least restrictive and made in the person's best interests.

For more information see factsheet 459, The Mental Health Act 1983 and guardianship.

If you are in Guernsey, see factsheet 472G, Guardianship and Powers of Attorney – Guernsey.