At Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service we provide Independent Advocacy for clients subject to the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003. Our objective is to protect the rights of those people with a mental disorder – that being mental illness, personality disorder and learning disability – and to speak for those who are unable to speak for themselves.
As Advocates we help vulnerable adults by providing information about their care and treatment options, and aim to empower those adults to make informed choices. We can help vulnerable adults to communicate their wishes and feelings to professional agencies involved in their life such as the NHS and Local Authority, to ensure that their voice is being heard and recognised.
The Millan Principles
The Millan Committee was commissioned by government in 1999 to review the outdated Mental Health (Scotland) 1984 Act and was chaired by Rt Hon Bruce Millan. The Millan Committee explored the ethical foundations of compulsory treatment and recommendations were published in 2001. From this, The Millan Principles were established and formed the basis of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 principles. As Independent Advocates, we aim to ensure that the principles are being implemented and safeguarded.