adult protection

Policy and procedures to help: improve inter-agency working; avoid people falling between the gaps in services; reduce duplication of work; gain a better understanding of safeguarding across all agencies; and ensure alignment of language used across agencies.

The Scottish Government is introducing a new membership scheme that will replace and improve upon the current disclosure arrangements for people who work with vulnerable groups.

Short reviews of research evidence, each answering a key question related to an aspect of current health and social care practice for adults. In answering the question authors summarise the available evidence and detail the key implications for practice.

Provides accessible summaries of the most up-to-date, relevant evidence on key issues for policy and practice. Topics covered include employment for people with long-term mental health problems, direct payments for those using mental health services and effective involvement of older people in service planning, and effectiveness of support for adults with autistic spectrum disorder.

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.

Guide about working with parents who have mental health problems and their children. It provides guidance on policy and practice and makes recommendations for key areas of professional education, workforce development and research. It also provides links to useful resources and contact details of relevant organisations.

Report presenting the results of a consultation exercise carried out by the Scottish Government on draft guidance for adult protection committees.

In Safe hands was issued as Section 7 Guidance in 2000. This update addresses the gap in provision of guidance to promote good financial practice when supporting vulnerable people in their own homes. It covers: purpose of good practice guidance; underpinning principles; roles and responsibilities of the care co-ordinator, care provider and care worker; responsibility for monitoring of financial transactions. The appendix provides a summary of the Mental Capacity Act and examples of financial transaction recording documentation used in local authorities.

The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 (the Act) was passed by the Scottish Parliament in Spring 2007. Part 1 of the Act, which is scheduled to commence on 29 October 2008, introduces new measures to identify and protect adults at risk of harm. These measures include a legislative framework for the creation of local multi-agency Adult Protection Committees (APCs) across Scotland. The Act requires APCs and councils to have regard to any guidance issued by the Scottish Ministers about their functions under the Act.