mental health law

Vulnerable defendants in the criminal courts : a review of provision for adults and children

Report looking at the treatment of vulnerable defendants, both children and adults, in the criminal courts of England and Wales. It assesses existing provision for both groups of vulnerable defendants, identifies gaps in provision and makes recommendations to fill those gaps.

Experiences of the early implementation of the Mental health (care and treatment) (Scotland) act, 2003: a cohort study

This evaluative research study was commissioned to explore the implementation of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (MHCT Act). A team of independent researchers including 8 mental health service users undertook the study, which lasted 2 years from September 2006.

An introduction to the Adults with Incapacity Act

Factsheet giving a concise introduction to the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 and a step-by-step flowchart to help people follow the five basic principles of the Act when deciding whether or not to use the legislation.

Towards a mentally flourishing Scotland: policy and action plan 2009-2011

Policy document that sets out the Scottish Government's action plan for building on existing work to improve mental wellbeing in Scotland up until 2011 by identifying strategic priorities for action and putting in place the infrastructure support and coordination necessary to facilitate implementation and support delivery. The government is committed making sure adequate services are in plance and to working through social policy and health improvement activity to reduce the burden of mental health problems and mental illness and to promote good mental wellbeing.

The protection of adults vulnerable through mental disorder - George Kappler

Podcast from the Glasgow School of Social Work research seminar series, 15/01/2009. Covers legislation and the role of social work, the local authority and the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland.

Code of practice for local authorities exercising functions under the 2000 Act

Code of practice intended for use by local authority staff with duties and powers under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 and containing detailed guidance on all the statutory functions bestowed on local authorities under the 2000 Act.

Improving care in challenging times - SCIE annual review 2008/09

Annual review detailing the challenges faced by the social care sector over the past year, and highlights the issues and possible improvements to services.

What is... an intervention order

Leaflet explaining intervention orders in Scotland including what they are, what they are for and how they can be obtained.

What is.... a guardianship order

Leaflet explaining guardianship orders in Scotland including what they are, what they are for and how they can be obtained.