Adult Protection

Adult Protection

The protection of adults at risk is a key area of partnership working.

JIT worked on an Adult Protection Shared Learning Initiative involving two areas – Glasgow Health and Care Partnership and the three Tayside partnerships (Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross) – for 18 months from November 2005 to May 2006. Relevant project reports can be accessed via the right hand panel on this page. The project highlighted important lessons for multidisciplinary and interagency development of improved working practices.

Audits of adult protection cases have indicated that there is a great deal of good practice in risk assessment and protection planning. However, the content of such assessments and plans are very often neither rigorous nor comprehensive. JIT’s Adult Protection Shared Learning Initiative has devised formats to remedy this. The formats prescribe in detail what risk assessments and protection plans should include. They recognise that professional opinion and judgement are also fundamental to the process.

You can download copies of the Risk Assessment and Protection Plan formats via the right hand panel on this page, or via the Publications section of JIT’s website.

The formats have been tested on active cases from the various adult care groups. The general reaction from practice testing was extremely positive, with some staff groups adopting the formats for immediate use, and the partnership areas involved also taking them forward.

Please contact us if you would like more information about our Adult Protection project work.

The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007: Code of Practice
Effective from October 2008, and for Local Authorities and Practitioners Exercising Functions Under Part 1 of the Act, this code of practice provides information and guidance on the principles of the Act, about the measures contained within the Act, including when and where it would normally be appropriate to use such powers. The Scottish Government has also produced a short introduction to the Act.

Code of Practice

A Short Introduction to Part 1 of the Act

Adult Protection Risk Assessment and Protection Plan We’ve developed these Risk Assessment and Protection Plan formats [3Mb] to help partnerships prepare rigorous and comprehensive plans covering a range of information requirements.

Phase 2 Project report – August 2007
Also available now to download is our Shared Learning Initiative Phase 2 project report [369Kb]

Phase 1 Report – May 2006
Our Phase 1 Report [412Kb] from May 2006 summarises the early work of the programme.


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