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Our mission is to be a leading and independent voice in promoting a society where people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions are treated fairly, have their rights respected, and have appropriate support to live the life of their choice.

We do this by empowering individuals and their carers, monitoring mental health and incapacity law, and influencing and challenging service providers and policy makers.

Individuals may be vulnerable because they are less able, at times, to safeguard their own interests. They can have restrictions placed on them in order to receive care and treatment. When this happens, we make sure it is legal and ethical. We draw on our experience of health and social care, and service users and carers.

National Confidential Forum

The National Confidential Forum (NCF) is set up under the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014.

This Act amends the Mental Health (Care & Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 to allow for the NCF to be a committee of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland. The NCF Head is accountable to the Chair of the Commission. The Commission is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the NCF, but the NCF will operate independently from the Commission while sharing some corporate services functions.