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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007: Reflections on Developing Practice and Present Day Challenges
Author(s): Mackay, Kathryn
Notman, Mary
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Keywords: Adult support and protection
protection orders
inter-agency work
ability to safeguard
case study
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2017
Citation: Mackay K & Notman M (2017) Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007: Reflections on Developing Practice and Present Day Challenges. Journal of Adult Protection, 19 (4), pp. 187-198.
Abstract: Purpose: The article outlines the duties and powers of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 and places them in the wider Scottish adult protection legislative framework. It considers the potential value of a standalone adult safeguarding statute.  Design: The authors draw upon their research and practice expertise to consider the merits of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007. They take a case study approach to explore its implementation in one particular Scottish local authority; drawing on the qualitative and quantitative data contained in its annual reports.  Findings: Skilled, knowledgeable and well supported practitioners are key to effective screening, investigations and intervention. Protection orders are being used as intended for a very small number of cases.  Research limitations: The lack of national statistical reports mean that there is limited comparison between the local and national data.  Practical implications: Adult support and protection requires ongoing investment of time and leadership in councils and other local agencies to instigate and maintain good practice. Aspects that require further attention are self- neglect; capacity and consent; access to justice, and residents in care homes who pose potential risks to other residents and staff.  Social Implications: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 has raised awareness of adults at risk of harm.  Originality: This article provides a critical appraisal of the implementation of Scottish adult safeguarding legislation over the last six years. It considers relative strengths and weaknesses in comparison to similar developments in England and Wales; and argues for comparative research to test these out.
DOI Link: 10.1108/JAP-04-2017-0017
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