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The role of an ‘appropriate individual’ is to facilitate the person’s active involvement.


Jacinta is 26 and lives with her mother and father. She has 2 siblings aged 28 and 23 who have left the family home. Jacinta would also like to move to living more independently. Jacinta has moderate learning disabilities and finds it hard to retain information. She can look after her personal care needs, and has some very basic cooking skills but is very poor with money. Jacinta’s parents are known to be protective and are dead set against her moving. They are adamant that it is their responsibility to look after her, that she won’t be able to cope living on her own and that she will be lonely and vulnerable. In these circumstances Jacinta’s parents may not be an ‘appropriate individual’ who could effectively represent and support her interests.

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