About the Act

The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 introduces new measures to identify and protect certain individuals who meet the criteria of the Act. These measures include:

  • places a duty on councils to make necessary inquiries and investigations to decide if any action is required to stop or prevent harm occurring:
  • places a duty on public bodies named within the Act, to cooperate with councils and each other:
  • introduces a range of Protection Orders such as Assessment Orders, Removal Orders and Banning Orders for adults at risk of serious harm:
  • to establish local multi – agency Adult Protection Committees across Scotland.

The Act also encourages councils to consider all other relevant legislation when adults are at risk of harm. For example: