Under section 42 of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 each council must establish an Adult Protection Committee (APC). The membership of APCs is multi-agency and includes representatives of the council, the relevant NHS Board, the police and other organisations who have a role to play in adult protection.
APCs are chaired by independent convenors, who cannot be members or officers of the council. APCs have a central role to play in taking an overview of adult protection activity in each council area, and making recommendations to ensure that adult protection activity is effective. APCs have a range of duties, which include:
- Reviewing adult protection practices
- Improving co-operation
- Improving skills and knowledge
- Providing information and advice
- Promoting good communication
Adult Protection Committees are required to submit a report to Scottish Ministers every two years. Guidance for Adult Protection Committees is available:
The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists have developed a communication toolkit to help Adult Protection Committees communicate effectively with people who have communication support needs.
Adult Protection Committee Convenors produce a biennial report on the exercise of the Committee's functions in the preceding two years: