The Decision Support Service

What is the Decision Support Service?

The Decision Support Service (DSS) is a new service established under the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015.

Key Reforms under the Act:
  • Capacity is assessed in a time-specific and issue-specific way
  • The wards of court system for adults will be abolished
  • Adult wards of court will have their cases reviewed and will exit wardship within three years
  • The Act provides a new three-tier support framework to support a person’s decision-making about property and affairs and personal welfare
  • There are new ways for everyone to plan in case we lose our ability to make certain decisions in future
  • New guiding principles emphasise privacy, autonomy, and respect for a person’s will and preferences
The Role of the Decision Support Service will be:
  • to promote awareness and provide information about the Act
  • to regulate and register decision support arrangements
  • to supervise the actions of the legally appointed “decision supporters.”
  • to maintain panels of suitable persons to carry out certain functions under the Act
  • to publish codes of practice
  • to investigate complaints about decision supporters and arrangements
Where can I get further information?

For further information, please visit:

Tel: 01 636 2420


Waterloo Exchange, Waterloo Road, Dublin 4 Eircode: D04 E5W7