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Adults Scotland

Legislation, Statutory and Good Practice Guidance 

In Scotland theScottishGovernment hold responsibility for safeguarding adults at risk who are over 16 years of age. The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 instructs ever council area to set up Multi-agency Adult Protection Committees and are responsible locally for multi-agency policy, procedures guidance and practice for safeguarding and protecting adults

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Current Bills

All Legislation 


Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Act 2020 (

Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020

Coronavirus Act 2020

(Scotland) Act 2020

Coronavirus Act 2020

Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) (Scotland) Act 2019

Data Protection Act 2018

Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018

Digital Economy Act 2017

Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016

The Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015 (Commencement No. 1 and Transitory Provisions) Regulations 2016

Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015

Modern Slavery Act 2015

Serious Crime Act 2015

Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014

Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

Equality Act 2010

Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004

Sex Offender Act 1997 see also 2003

An Act to require the notification of information to the police by persons who have committed certain sexual offences; to make provision with respect to the commission of certain sexual acts outside the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes.

Communications Act 2003

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

Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Human Rights Act 1998

Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998

Mental Health Act 1983


Health and Care (Staffing)(Scotland)Act 2019

Age of Legal Capacity (Scotland) Act 1991

Part 2.4: A person under the age of 16 years shall have legal capacity to consent on his own behalf to any surgical, medical or dental procedure or treatment where, in the opinion of a qualified medical practitioner attending him, he is capable of understanding the nature and possible consequences of the procedure or treatment.

Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968


Gambling Act 2005

Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010

Statutory Guidance


Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme: Guidance for individuals, organisations and personal employers June 2010 Issued under section 84 of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007

Revised Prevent Duty Guidance: for Scotland 2019

Prevent Duty Guidance: for further education institutions in Scotland 2019

Prevent Duty Guidance: for higher education institutions in Scotland 2019

Duty to Prevent Guidance

Adult Support and Protection: Multi-Agency Guidelines August 2013

Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007: Code of Practice 

Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 Code of Practice 2011

For persons authorised under intervention orders and guardians

Good Practice Guidance


Enhanced Due Diligence: Safeguarding for external partners published October 2018 (UK)

Responding To Female Genital Mutilation In Scotland Multi-Agency Guidance 2017

Criminal Exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: County Lines guidance 2017

Whistleblowing: Prescribed persons guidance 2017


GMC Confidentiality: good practice in handling patient information (2017)

Safeguarding Children and Young People: Roles and Competencies for Healthcare Staff 2019

Child Sexual Exploitation - A Guide for Health Practitioners 2017

GMC Confidentiality: good practice in handling patient information (2017)


For Health and Social Care

Care Inspectorate

Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014

Health and Care Standards 2018

For Charities

OSCR Scottish Charity Regulator

Section 66 of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005

Safeguarding Guidance: Keeping vulnerable beneficiaries safe 2018

Guidance and good practice for Charity Trustees 

TOP TEN Practical Safeguarding Steps 2018 from the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)