Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007: guidance for General Practice

Revised guidance to reflect developments in policy, practice and legislation both in the overall context of adult support and protection and in day-to-day activity. It provides information and detail to support practical application of the 2007 Act for GPs and staff in General Practice.

Case Conference and other reports

GPs may be the first professionals to see signs of potential harm or may hold key pieces of information to contribute to understanding of risk to the individual. Therefore, a collaborative approach is vital.

GPs may be requested to participate, either in person or through a report to case discussions, ASP Case Conferences, or case reviews. This could include meetings relating to one individual or, indeed, to several individuals in the case of a Large Scale Investigation. Information may also be requested via Section 10 requests or to contribute to risk assessments, chronologies or safeguarding activity. A GP's contribution will enhance the knowledge-base and form a central part of the jigsaw for all parties concerned in order to support the individual in question.

When completing reports for other bodies, it is suggested that you:

  • request specific guidance from your local services on the type of detail that is required;
  • provide relevant and proportionate information to assist risk assessment and appropriate decision making.



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