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Adult Protection Committees

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: