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Adult Support & Protection Legislation

The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 and supporting documents, including the Financial Memorandum, are available on the Scottish Parliament website:

Legislation to better protect adults at risk of harm are available on this page and in the related website section.

Legal framework

The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 completes a suite of legislation that provides a strong framework that ensures situations where an adult is being harmed are dealt with properly. Other relevant legislation includes the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 and the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.

The 2007 Act provides legislative responses for people and situations which are not necessarily covered by either of the other Acts.  In particular, the 2007 Act allows councils to make inquiries where they would otherwise have no power to do so.  Following this initial inquiry, a council may choose to use other parts of the 2007 Act or may choose to respond using another Act or even a non-legislative route, such as developing a care plan.

A Code of Practice for local authorities and practitioners provides information on the 2007 Act’s guiding principles and its measures, including guidance on when and where it would normally be appropriate to use the powers that it provides.  For more information on the Act and what it does visit the Act Against Harm website: