vulnerable adults

Across the wire: veterans, mental health and vulnerability

The mental health of veterans of the armed forces and its link to offending has been a subject of considerable concern in recent years. This paper reviews the available evidence and suggests ways of tackling the issues that emerge.

The Housing LIN

Website of the Housing LIN, the national network for promoting new ideas and supporting change in the delivery of housing, care and support services for older and vulnerable adults.

Loud and Clear

This resource is the report of an event organised by the Advocacy Safeguards Agency in collaboration with the Scottish Council on Deafness, the British Deaf Association, the National Deaf Children’s Society, Deaf Children’s Society for East of Scotland and AdvoCard. It looks at the advocacy needs of the deaf community.

Living with social evils – the voices of unheard groups

In a contribution to the JRF's 'social evils' series, Chris Creegan focuses on the social evils of British society experienced by people whose voices are not usually heard. The research used workshops/discussion groups with lone parents, ex-offenders, unemployed and other vulnerable and socially excluded people to explore their personal experiences of living and coping with social evils. Suggestions for overcoming them point to both individual and collective responsibility.

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion in Scotland 2008

The New Policy Institute has produced its 2008 edition of indicators of poverty and social exclusion in Scotland, providing a comprehensive analysis of trends and differences between groups. Based on the latest available data, its starting point is that, while child and pensioner poverty in Scotland has fallen over the last decade, poverty among working-age adults has remained the same.

Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004

This Act of Scottish Parliament outlines the legislation relating to vulnerable witnesses, such as children, who give evidence in either criminal or civil proceedings.

Safeguarding adults: a national framework of standards for good practice and outcomes in adult protection work

Document bringing together best practice and aspirations to form eleven sets of good practice standards, which can be utilised as an audit tool and guide by all those involved in adult protection work.

Behind closed doors : preventing sexual abuse against adults with a learning disability

Report presenting evidence and case studies which highlight the type and extent of sexual abuse experienced by adults with a learning disability and how they are often poorly served by the legal system in England. The report argues for new legislation to provide better protection from abuse and ensure abusers are successfully prosecuted and sentenced.

Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance

The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA) was set up as a result of the work undertaken by its predecessor, Advocacy 2000, a three-year project set up to look at the needs of the Advocacy Movement in Scotland, and how these could be supported in the future. The SIAA is devoted to the promotion, support and defence of Independent Advocacy in Scotland. It is a membership organisation that has the overall aim of ensuring that Independent advocacy is available to any vulnerable person in Scotland.

Safeguarding vulnerable adults policy

The role of the Public Guardian is to supervise, investigate concerns and regulate Court appointed Deputies, and investigate complaints about the actions of registered attorneys and people acting under an order of the Court protection. This policy provides a framework for delivering the Office of the Public Guardian's role in safeguarding vulnerable adults.