Adult Support and Protection Guidance for General Practitioners and Primary Care Teams

Closed 26 Aug 2021

Opened 15 Jul 2021

Results updated 24 Nov 2021

We consulted on the proposed updating of the Adult Support and Protection guidance for GP and Primary Care Teams between 15 July and 26 August 2021. This report provides further detail from the responses we received.


Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 is designed to protect those adults who are unable to safeguard their own interests and are at risk of harm because they are affected by: disability; mental disorder; illness; physical or mental infirmity.Harm means all harm including self-harm and neglect.

Previous Adult Support and Protection guidance for GPs and Primary Care Teams was published in 2013.

The updated guidance is for General Practitioners and primary care staff who may see adults at risk of harm whilst engaging in their work, and thus require to know how the Act affects them.

Why your views matter

Read the consultation paper. 

The purpose of the consultation is to engage with General Practitioners (and any other interested parties) as to whether the updated guidance provides sufficient clarity so that GPs and primary care practitioners can be confident that their actions will meet safeguarding expectations and improve outcomes whilst adhering to their professional guidelines and ethos.

The updated guidance consists of two online documents – a guidance booklet (offering expanded detail) and a supporting one-page Quick Guide offering an easy-to-use reference.

To allow people with an interest in responding sufficient time to review and consider the updated guidance, the consultation runs for six weeks on CitizenSpace. 

What happens next

All responses will be analysed and collated, and relevant reports published. Where appropriate the proposed guidance will be updated to reflect the suggestions made before publishing for use.


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