Foreword from the Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care
Since the introduction of The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 in 2008, and publication by the Scottish Government of the Adult Support and Protection Code of Practice in 2014, there have been a number of policy, legislative and practice developments, both in the overall context of adult support and protection and in day-to-day activity.
This revised version of the Code of Practice aims to capture these changes and inform the development of local and national multi-agency adult protection procedures, processes and training across Scotland. It will also help to support the care and protection of adults who may be at risk of harm. This Code is for all those who may know adults at risk of harm whether they work in the local authority, health, police, or the third sector. The approaches set out build on the culture and ethos of partners who believe, as I do, that while there are specific duties associated with certain professional roles and public bodies, adult support and protection is "everyone's business". We all have a part to play in supporting the care and protection of adults who may be at risk of harm and are unable to safeguard themselves.
I am pleased that the Code of Practice has been developed collaboratively, through engagement with stakeholder groups, practitioners and a wider public consultation. This has helped us to shape our understanding of best practice and 'what works' from a variety of sources, including practitioner and stakeholder experience, inspections, research and learning from Learning Reviews (previously referred to as Significant Case Reviews).
Finally, I would like to offer my thanks to everyone who contributed to the revised Code and especially to those working in this field, for your continued commitment and efforts to support and protect adults at risk of harm.
Kevin Stewart, MSP
Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care
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