Anne's Law - supporting people who live in adult care homes to maintain family and friendship connections: consultation

Seeks views on the Scottish Government’s proposals for delivering Anne’s Law in primary legislation, to ensure that people who live in adult care homes have rights to see and spend time with the people who are important to them.

Responding to this consultation

Submitting your response

We are inviting written responses to this consultation by close on 5 November 2021.

Please respond to this consultation using the Scottish Government's consultation hub, Citizen Space ( You can save and return to your responses while the consultation is still open. Please ensure that consultation responses are submitted before close on 5 November 2021.

If you are unable to respond using our consultation hub, you can alternatively send your response by email or post. If so, please complete the Respondent Information Form (download it from the Supporting Files section) and add your responses.

Email responses should be sent to Please include the Respondent Information Form as an attachment.

While normally we would happily accept postal responses, given the Covid-19 pandemic, it would be helpful if responses were provided online wherever possible to ensure that views are received, collected and attributed correctly. However, if you need to send your response by post, please send it to:

Anne's Law Consultation
Scottish Government
Room 3 East Rear
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

Alternative formats of this consultation will be made available very shortly. This will include Easy Read and British Sign Language. Other accessible formats are available upon request. To request those, please email:

If you require a paper copy to be sent to you, please email us or call our automated phone service on 0300 244 6600 and leave a message.

Handling your response

If you respond using the consultation hub, you will be directed to the 'About You' page before submitting your response. Please indicate how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are content for your response to be published. If you ask for your response not to be published, we will regard it as confidential, and we will treat it accordingly.

All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Government is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.

To find out how we handle your personal data, please see our privacy policy:

Next steps in the process

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public at

If you use the consultation hub to respond, you will receive a copy of your response via email.

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered, along with any other available evidence to help us. Responses will be published where we have been given permission to do so. An analysis report will also be made available.

Comments and complaints

If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to the contact address above or

Scottish Government consultation process

Consultation is an essential part of the policy making process. It gives us the opportunity to consider your opinion and expertise on a proposed area of work.

You can find all our consultations online: Each consultation details the issues under consideration, as well as a way for you to give us your views, either online, by email or by post.

Responses will be analysed and used as part of the decision-making process, along with a range of other available information and evidence. We will publish a report on this analysis for every consultation.

Depending on the nature of the consultation exercise the responses received may:

  • indicate the need for policy development or review
  • inform the development of a particular policy
  • help decisions to be made between alternative policy proposals
  • be used to finalise legislation before it is implemented

While details of particular circumstances described in a response to a consultation exercise may usefully inform the policy process, consultation exercises cannot address individual concerns and comments, which should be directed to the relevant public body.

Respondent Information Form

If you are unable to respond via Citizen Space on the website please complete the Respondent Information Form. The Respondent Information Form and accompanying Consultation Questionnaire are available in the supporting files for this publication.

Please do not send a response without a Respondent Information Form.



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