Adults with Incapacity
We provide Independent Advocacy for clients subject to the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000. The Act outlines safeguards for adults who are unable to make decisions and communicate their wishes to manage their welfare, finances and/or property due to mental disorder or physical disability. Examples of adults with incapacity may be found in those with dementia, learning disability, acquired brain injury, severe or chronic mental illness or severe sensory impairment. However it is important to recognise that the presence of these mental disorders or physical disabilities does not automatically mean the adult lacks capacity.
As Advocates we can safeguard an adult’s best interests and wishes by speaking on behalf of them if they are unable to do so. We do this through Non-Instructed Advocacy, and by consulting any Advanced Statements or Power of Attorney documents. We follow the principles of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Millan Principles in order to advocate on behalf of the client’s best interests. We can attend meetings about important changes in the adult’s life, and can communicate with professionals, family and friends to ensure that the adult is being treated appropriately and with respect.
Adults with Incapacity: