10 Years of the Adult Support and Protection Act (Scotland) 2007: Sharing Learning Across Scotland

This event will reflect on the past 10 years of the Adult Support and Protection Act (Scotland) 2007 and explore how it has benefited adults at risk of harm n Scotland. In doing so we will share learning and innovative practice ongoing across Scotland and provide the opportunity for practitioners’ to network.

The context

10 years ago, on 21 March 2007, the Adult Support and Protection Act (Scotland) 2007 received Royal Assent. The Act followed a 2003 report by the Scottish Law Commission (SLC) which observed that there was 'little or nothing available' to protect adults who are vulnerable but not mentally disordered and that there is 'an increasing awareness that abuse, deprivation and exploitation of vulnerable adults generally occurs and that the existing law is often not capable of tackling it effectively'.

The event

There is no doubt that the legislation has improved the protections available to adults at risk of harm in Scotland, particularly through the establishment and work of the Adult Protection Committees. At this event we will reflect on how adult protection has improved under the Act over the past 10 years, sharing practice from across Scotland so that practitioners can continue to learn and develop. We will also look to the future as new challenges in adult protection continue to emerge and ask how the current policy and legislative landscape needs to change to rise to these challenges.

Key issues to be addressed

  • Looking back on 10 years of the Adult Support and Protection Act (Scotland) 2007
  • Working with advocacy to involve users and carers
  • Helping adults at risk of harm to keep themselves safe
  • Debate the future of adult protection in Scotland


Agenda*

09:15    Registration and networking

09:55 Session 1: 10 Years of Adult Protection in Scotland – Where Are We Now?

The Adult Support and Protection Act (Scotland) 2007 was an importance piece of legislation which has helped improve and protect lives in Scotland. In this opening session we will look at the development of the Act over the past 10 years. 

09:55    Opening Remarks from the Chair

Kate Connor, Kate Connor Consultancy

10:00    10 Years of the Adult Support and Protection Act (Scotland) 2007

10:20    Protecting and Enhancing Lives: A Learning Disability Perspective

Maureen Phillip, Senior Director - Tayside, PAMIS

Maureen will be joined by Pat Graham a parent who will share her experiences of adult protection in relation to her daughter's care and support.

10:40    Enforcing adult protection

11:00    Questions and Discussions

11:15    Refreshments and Networking

11:30 Session 2: Engaging with those at risk of harm

In this session we will look at some of the key priorities for Adult Protection Committees in Scotland and how they are taking action to engage and support those at risk of harm.

11:30    Involving Users and Carers

Moira Nicholson, Director, The Advocacy Project

11:45    Working together in partnership: evaluating, improving, protecting

Donna Sinforiani, Adult Protection Co-ordinator, East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership

12:00    Tackling Financial Harm

Paul Holland, Principal Prevention Officer, East Renfrewshire Council

Jeff Wilson, Prevention Officer, East Renfrewshire Council

12:15    Working With Health Professionals to Identify Harm

12:30    Questions and Discussion

12:45    Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Developing adult protection in Scotland

Sadly instances of harm continue to occur despite developments in legislation and practice and it is incumbent of all of us to identify and prevent such instances. Some have argued that the legislation as it stands should be strengthened, for example by introducing a criminal offence for elder abuse. In this session we will consider what are the challanges facing adult protection and how can we address them?

13:30    Reflections On Developing Practice and Present Day Challenges​

Kathryn Mackay, Lecturer in Social Work, University of Stirling
Mary Notman, Adult Support Protection Co-ordinator, Perth and Kinross Council

13:50    Panel Discussion: Adult Protection in Scotland – Does It Go Far Enough?

Kathryn Mackay, Lecturer in Social Work, University of Stirling
Mary Notman, Adult Support Protection Co-ordinator, Perth and Kinross Council
Lesley Carcary, Director, Action on Elder Abuse Scotland
David McClements, Mental Health and Disability Committee, The Law Society of Scotland

 

14:45    Interactive Workshop: Defining 'Inability To Safeguard'

Kathryn Mackay, Lecturer in Social Work, University of Stirling
Mary Notman, Adult Support Protection Co-ordinator, Perth and Kinross Council

15:25    Closing Remarks from the Chair

15:30    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

NASUWT, The Mews, 35 Young Street North Lane, Edinburgh EH2 4JD

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT)

  • Discounted rate: £145 (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 | 2+ places £195 (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 | 2+ places £245 (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

Dates
28 September 2017
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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