Establishing a statutory Appropriate Adult service in Scotland

Closed 26 Jun 2018

Opened 3 Apr 2018

Feedback Updated 27 Nov 2018

We Asked

For your views on the proposed model for a statutory Appropriate Adult service.

You Said

Out of 109 responses there was broad support for the proposals outlined in the consultation document.

We Did

Work to develop the statutory service continues and it is scheduled to go live during 2019.

Results Updated 27 Nov 2018

There were 109 responses to the consultation, made up of 52 from individuals, 55 from organisations and 2 from workshop events.

The responses show that there is broad support for the proposals outlined in the consultation document and the establishment of a statutory Appropriate Adult service is overwhelmingly viewed as positive step in terms of improving communication support for vulnerable people in the criminal justice system.

 

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Overview

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on plans to place existing, non-statutory, Appropriate Adult services on a statutory footing. A statutory service will help to ensure vulnerable people who come into contact with the justice system receive the same level of high quality support across Scotland.

Why We Are Consulting

We intend to use regulation-making powers in the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 (“the 2016 Act”) to establish a statutory service. Section 105 of the 2016 Act requires us to consult publically prior to laying such regulations. 

All responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to inform our approach to drafting regulations for establishing a statutory Appropriate Adult service in Scotland.

Download the consultation paper.

What Happens Next

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public at http://consult.scotland.gov.uk. If you use Citizen Space to respond, you will receive a copy of your response via email.

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to inform our approach to drafting regulations for establishing a statutory Appropriate Adult service in Scotland. We will also use the information gathered to inform the next stages of the project.

Audiences

  • People of Scotland

Interests

  • Equality, Welfare and Rights
  • Health and Social Care
  • Law and Order