Adults Scotland

Legislation Statutory Good Practice Guidance Action Plans (research and reports)



Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020

Coronavirus Act 2020

Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) (Scotland) Act 2019

Data Protection 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

Part 5 of this Act is about Protection of Children etc

Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014

Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014

Earliest to Latest

Improper administration of medicine –s.67 Medicines Act 1968

Mental Health Act 1983

Compulsory admission to hospital or guardianship for patients not involved in criminal proceedings (Part II).

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

127 Improper use of public electronic communications network

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if he—

   (a) sends by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character; or

   (b) causes any such message or matter to be so sent.

(2) A person is guilty of an offence if, for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another, he—

   (a) sends by means of a public electronic communications network, a message that he knows to be false,

   (b) causes such a message to be sent; or

   (c) persistently makes use of a public electronic communications network.

(3) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable, on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or to both.

(4) Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply to anything done in the course of providing a programme service (within the meaning of the Broadcasting Act 1990 (c. 42)).

Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

An Act to make provision in connection with the protection of children and vulnerable adults.

Human Rights Act 1998

Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998

An Act to protect individuals who make certain disclosures of information in the public interest; to allow such individuals to bring action in respect of victimisation; and for connected purposes.

Freedom of Information Act 2000

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

Trustees acting with due care and diligence

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 

Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007. 

Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 provides ways to help safeguard the welfare and finances of people who lack capacity.

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

Equality Act 2010

Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

An Act to provide for the destruction, retention, use and other regulation of certain evidential material; to impose consent and other requirements in relation to certain processing of biometric information relating to children; to provide for a code of practice about surveillance camera systems and for the appointment and role of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner; to provide for judicial approval in relation to certain authorisations and notices under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; to provide for the repeal or rewriting of powers of entry and associated powers and for codes of practice and other safeguards in relation to such powers; to make provision about vehicles left on land; to amend the maximum detention period for terrorist suspects; to replace certain stop and search powers and to provide for a related code of practice; to make provision about the safeguarding of vulnerable groups and about criminal records including provision for the establishment of the Disclosure and Barring Service and the dissolution of the Independent Safeguarding Authority; to disregard convictions and cautions for certain abolished offences; to make provision about the release and publication of datasets held by public authorities and to make other provision about freedom of information and the Information Commissioner; to make provision about the trafficking of people for exploitation and about stalking; to repeal certain enactments; and for connected purposes.

Defamation Act 2013

Statutory Guidance, Codes of Practice

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

Guidance and Standards


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

Adult Safeguarding: Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff August 2018

Interim Safeguarding Guidance: Keeping vulnerable beneficiaries safe June 2018

This includes Trustee’s duties and Scotland’s Charity regulator’s role

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

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

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

Health and Social Care Standards: My support, my life 2017

Whistleblowing: Prescribed persons guidance 2017

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

General Medical Guidance: Raising and acting on concerns about patient safety 2012

Safeguarding Adults: The Role of Healthcare Practitioners

Guidance to multi-agency adult protection partnerships on the involvement of GPs

This guidance provides advice to multi-agency adult protection partnerships, including councils, Health Boards, Adult Protection Committees and others involved in adult protection, in working collaboratively withGPs when carrying out duties and functions under the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 and adult protection more generally.

General Medical Guidance: Consent: patients and doctors making decisions together 2008

Raising and acting on concerns about patient safety 2012


National Referral Mechanism Statistics –End of Year Summary 2018

Sexual Offences in the Service Justice System 2016








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