An article examined adult protection in Scotland, in particular how service users, family members, and service delivery professionals perceived the effectiveness of the protection orders issued under the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007. It said that, although there had been concerns about the potential for paternalistic practice and excessive use of orders, proportionality appeared to be applied in practice. It said that all parties were aware of the tensions between autonomy and protection, but there were beneficial outcomes from the careful use of orders.
Source: Michael Preston-Shoot and Sally Cornish, 'Paternalism or proportionality? Experiences and outcomes of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007', Journal of Adult Protection, Volume 16 Number 1
A report examined how social work service practitioners in Scotland might better understand the perspectives of people who might be at risk of harm, and considered ways to improve service user participation in investigations, decision-making and meetings. It said that service users and carers had mixed experiences, some good, but some adults felt more could have been done to help them understand what adult support and protection was about and to help them participate more. The project had examined and adapted existing tools, and developed new ones, for ongoing piloting.
Source: Bobby Brown, Jenny Bruce, Maureen Conway, Beth Cross, Neil Dunn, Fiona Gaffney, Michelle Howorth, Susan Hynd, Claire Lightowler, Kaye MacGregor, Kathryn Mackay, Senga McCulloch, Lee McLauchlan, Rhona Maxwell, Brian Rapley, Rose Sinclair, and Helen Winter, A Project to Support More Effective Involvement of Service Users in Adult Support and Protection Activity, Scottish Government
A report examined the links between evidence and innovation in social work policy and practice in Scotland, exploring the associated conceptual, theoretical and empirical issues, and using case study examples.
Source: Jodie Pennacchia, Exploring the Relationships Between Evidence and Innovation in the Context of Scotlandï¿½s Social Services, Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services
The government began consultation on proposals to change the system of regulation for health and social care organizations in England, including the introduction of legally mandated minimum standards, backed by enforcement options for the regulator. The consultation would close on 4 April 2014.
Source: Introducing Fundamental Standards: Consultation on proposals to change CQC registration regulations, Department of Health