Legislation protecting people in care

Last updated: 24 October 2017

Protecting adults at risk

Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

Helps protect the welfare of adults who can't make decisions for themselves because of a mental disorder or an inability to communicate. It allows other people to make decisions on behalf of these adults about things like arranging services, managing finances and property and medical treatment.

Read more about the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.

Mental Health (Care and Treatment)(Scotland) Act 2003

This places duties on local councils to give care and support services for people with mental disorders. It introduced changes to develop community-based mental health services, involvement of service users and unpaid carers in decisions about treatment, and respect for the human rights of people with mental disorders.

Read more about the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act.

Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007

This gives protection to adults at risk of harm or neglect. Local councils must investigate cases where harm is known or suspected. They have powers to visit and interview people, arrange medical examinations, examine records, and issue protection orders. They must also consider if there is any need for advocacy and other services, like help with medication or support services.

Read more about the Adult Support and Protection Act 2007.

Legislation protecting people in care
Protecting adults at risk