The Adult Support And Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 part 1: guidance for adult protection committees

The purpose of the refresh is to ensure adult support and protection guidance takes account of policy and practice developments since the Act was introduced in 2007, and thus bring the guidance up to date with current legislation and relevant changes in policy and legislation.


1. This revised guidance is issued under section 47 of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 which requires Adult Protection Committees (APCs) and councils to have regard to any guidance issued by Scottish Ministers about their functions under sections 42 to 46 of the Act.

2. The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act was passed by the Scottish Parliament in February 2007 and is referred to in this guidance as the Act. It is in five parts and Part 1 deals with the protection of adults at risk of harm.

3. This guidance relates to Part 1 of the Act. It should be read in conjunction with the Act itself, the associated Code of Practice and other related legislation including the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 and the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.



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