Scottish ministers are inviting comments as they review the code of practice established under the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007. 

The code of practice was last reviewed in 2014 and the Act imposes a duty on ministers to review it from time to time. The Guidance for Adult Protection Committees, implemented in 2008, is also coming under review.

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

Workshops already undertaken with professional bodies have resulted in draft changes to the guidance which were submitted to the Adult Support & Protection Policy Team for discussion and consideration ahead of the wider consultation now opened.

The revised code of practice seeks to strengthen the guidance given regarding inter-agency co-operation and related matters. It also seeks to clarify guidance regarding some adult protection processes and to achieve greater clarity in relation to capacity and consent as these terms apply to adult support and protection.

Click here to access the consultation. Responses are due by 28 September 2021.