The Role of the Adult Support & Protection Committee...
The Adult Support & Protection (Scotland) Act 2007
What is the Act?
Legislation to better protect adults at risk of harm was first announced in September 2005. The Act progresses aspects of the Scottish Law Commission’s 1997 draft Vulnerable Adults Bill that have not been enacted through the adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 (AWI) or the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003. The Act also makes a number of changes to existing legislation to support adults in their daily lives. The Act contains amendments to the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000; The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act 2003; and The Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968.
The three main agencies involved are the Local Authority (Dundee City Council), which has the lead statutory role, Police Scotland (Tayside Division), NHS Tayside.
What is the purpose of the ASP Act?
The Act provides a framework to support adults - individuals who are 16 years and over - who are unable to protect themselves, their property, rights or other interests and who are deemed to be at risk of harm (replacing the terms vulnerable and abuse) because they are affected by disability, mental disorder, illness or physical or mental infirmity to exercise self-determination and choice. The Act is about achieving a balance between respecting people’s rights and taking action where necessary to support and protect them. It should help individuals to live their lives as they wish by ensuring that support is provided when they need it, and provide the means to protect adults at risk of harm.
Dundee Adult Support and Protection Committee
Multi-disciplinary Adult Protection Committees have been established in each Council area in Scotland with a remit for developing policies and procedures, providing advice, overseeing training and producing reports and outcomes. Each Council is responsible for appointing an independent Convener and committee members to their adult protection committees , ensuring representation from relevant agencies and public bodies.
The Independent Convener for the Dundee Adult Support & Protection Committee is Colin McCashey.
What does the Dundee Adult Support & Protection Committee do?
Since being formed in October 2008, the work of the Committee has focused on improving the protection and support to adults at risk in Dundee:
The previous Independent Convenor produced Biennial Reports for the Scottish Government (2008-2010 and 2010-2012) on the work of the Committee.
The most recent report (2012-2014) concludes with nine recommendations as follows:
- Recommendation 1 – To build on work already done to raise public awareness and reduce the risk of Financial Harm in Dundee.
- Recommendation 2 – To gain a clearer picture of Advocacy in Dundee with a view to increasing its availability and use.
- Recommendation 3 – To enhance partnership working on the ground across the Local Authority and NHS Tayside in Dundee.
- Recommendation 4: To develop an effective model of engaging GPs more fully in the Adult Support and Protection agenda in Dundee.
- Recommendation 5 – To use the Early Indicators of Concern work to improve care home settings
- Recommendation 6 – Consider different models of service user and carer involvement in the Adult Support and Protection Process.
- Recommendation 7 – Implement evaluation of agreed training/learning opportunities with a focus on changing and improving practice.
- Recommendation 8– To review the Adult Concerns Screening Process and support Police Scotland plans to establish a referrals hub to ensure the most effective response to Adult Support and Protection referrals.
- Recommendation 9 – To formalise the work of the Early Screening Group
A further Biennial report is due September 2016.