Publication - Consultation analysis

Establishing a statutory appropriate adult service in Scotland: consultation analysis

Published: 12 Nov 2018
Justice Directorate
Part of:
Equality and rights, Law and order

Analysis of responses to our public consultation on establishing a statutory appropriate adult service in Scotland.

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Establishing a statutory appropriate adult service in Scotland: consultation analysis
Overview of respondents

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Overview of respondents

A total of 109 responses were received, including 107 written responses. The other two responses comprise of feedback given at workshop events which the Scottish Government held in conjunction with the SOLD Network (Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities) and Support in Mind Scotland.

Of the 109 total responses, 102 have been published on the Scottish Government website. The remaining seven were submitted by individuals who stated they did not want their response to be published.

All responses have been included in this analysis, irrespective of whether or not they have been published.

The published responses can be accessed here:

The following tables show the breakdown of respondent group and then organisation type:

Respondent group No. of responses
Individual 52
Organisation 55
Workshop Event 2
Total 109

Organisation type No. of responses
Involved in Appropriate Adult service delivery 23
Justice sector 9
Professional organisation 7
Third sector 16
Total 55

The category of “involved in Appropriate Adult service delivery” includes all respondents who have input into the delivery of Appropriate Adult services, whether that is providing Appropriate Adults or playing a part in the co-ordination or oversight of the service. This includes local authorities, health and social care partnerships, multi-agency partnerships and a community interest company.

The “justice sector” category includes Police Scotland and other agencies/bodies involved in the law and its enforcement. In addition to the Police Scotland corporate response, there were a further three respondents who indicated they were responding on behalf of Police Scotland.

The “professional organisation” category covers leadership and membership bodies, and those involved in regulation, improvement and policy development.

The “third sector” organisation category is comprised of advocacy groups and membership organisations and networks which support people with lived experience of learning disabilities, mental health issues and other conditions which may mean that they could require communication support when in contact with the police.

A full list of all respondents can be found at Annex A.


Email: Lucy Lawson