Independent Advocacy and Adult Support and Protection:
The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 – the ASP Act – provides a structure to protect vulnerable adults who may be at risk of harm.
- It provides powers to investigate the circumstances surrounding someone who has been harmed or is at risk of harm.
- It places a duty on Local Authorities to carry out investigations where suspicions have been raised.
- It places a duty on other organisations to co-operate with these investigations.
- It provides a range of statutory orders to remedy a situation where there is a risk of harm or actual harm: Assessment Orders; Banning Orders; and Removal Orders.
- It provides a basis for establishing local multi-disciplinary and multi-agency Adult Protection Committees across Scotland.
The ASP Act defines an adult at risk as someone being aged 16 or over, and:
- Unable to safeguard their own well-being, property, rights or other interests,
- At risk of harm, and because they are affected by disability, mental disorder, illness or physical or mental infirmity,
- More vulnerable to being harmed than adults who are not so affected.
Ceartas can support people going through the ASP System by giving them information about their rights, supporting them to communicate their wishes and concerns, and making sure they get the help they really need.
I live quite a long distance away from my sister. When she needed to get some more support in place for her dementia, the information about local services and support that you were able to give me was invaluable. I can't thank you enough.
There is always someone there at Ceartas for me, no matter who takes the call.
When I call Ceartas everyone is always so kind and helpful. They are all a really good group of people.
Even a ten minute chat on the phone made me feel so much better. I was becoming frustrated and annoyed at not getting what I needed from services, but talking to my Advocacy Worker kept me grounded and stopped me from losing the rag with anyone.
I didn't know that there was anything I could do about my situation, let alone that I had options. I feel so much better knowing that I can turn to Ceartas for information when I need it.
Thanks for discussing things and then sending us some information in the post: we have now started the Power of Attorney process.
I am usually apprehensive about contacting organisations in fear of being passed pillar to post. I was delighted when I contacted Ceartas: although I didn’t need advocacy, you talked me through local services that I needed.
Thank you for your support at the last meeting. It’s great having somebody independent in my corner: not sure what I would have done or where I would be otherwise.
I can pick up the phone and advocacy support is always there, ready to listen and help me understand things better.
Thanks so much, this is almost a miracle! Can you do anything for Partick Thistle while you’re at it?
It’s a really tricky role you’ve had in this case but you’ve done so effectively.
Absolutely thrilled with the service. I wish my family all stayed in East Dunbartonshire and could access it!
It's really nice to know that someone is listening to me and taking me seriously. Other people seem to think that my problems are trivial and aren't worth bothering about, but that is not true. My Advocacy Worker helped me to make my point in such a way that I couldn't be ignored, and now things are starting to improve as a result.
After waiting months, you got the ball rolling with a number of things and for that I thank you.
I felt like I was facing a brick wall until I started receiving support and information from Ceartas. The outcome of that has led to a much better relationship with the rest of the family, and now we are all pulling in the same direction.
Thank you for your prompt and informative reply. It’s appreciated more than you will know.