15 Dec, 2022 | .pdf, 928.5 KB
Over the last decade, we have seen a major shift in how and where people with additional support needs live and receive the care they need.
This advice note may be useful for all landlords and social work departments, advocacy and third sector organisations.
It may also be of interest to relatives and carers of people with additional support needs who are tenants or prospective tenants.
31 Oct, 2022 | .pdf, 1.6 MB
This report was a review of the records of nine women who were receiving mental health care in HMP Cornton Vale during the time of a visit by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) in 2019.
12 May, 2022 | .pdf, 1.6 MB
The Authority to discharge project was undertaken in response to numerous concerns raised in relation to the rights of people who were not able to express their own views being moved from hospital to care homes during the pandemic period.
14 Feb, 2022 | .pdf, 1.1 MB
In the context of the drive towards booster doses of the vaccine as a key part of the Scottish Government’s strategy to control Covid-19, the Commission is again experiencing an increase in calls and emails to our advice line seeking advice and guidance on vaccinations for some people who are not able to provide consent for this due to an underlying mental health condition or learning disability. We are therefore re-setting out our guidance in relation to this. This guidance note is primarily for practitioners.
8 Jul, 2021 | .pdf, 1.3 MB
This document is a review of the records of nine women who received mental health care in prison custody in Scotland between 2017 and early 2020.
We decided to pursue this subject after the publication of a report by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (the CPT) in October 2019 about their visit to police and prison premises in Scotland in October 2018.
20 May, 2021 | .pdf, 1.4 MB
Local intelligence gathering and calls to the Commission’s advice line in the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic suggested that people who were in hospital and lacked capacity may have been moved from hospital to care homes without full understanding of the legal requirements to ensure rights are upheld and the move to care was lawful. Specific concerns related to the use or otherwise of Section 13ZA of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 particularly in the context of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 (‘the Coronavirus Act’).
6 Apr, 2021 | .pdf, 1.8 MB
This is the Commission’s first Children’s Rights Report since we were made an authority under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, with duties to report every three years on the work we have undertaken to further the rights of children and young people in Scotland.
28 Oct, 2019 | .pdf, 55.3 KB
The Mental Welfare Commission is grateful for the opportunity to respond to the above petition, which calls on the Scottish Parliament ‘to urge the Scottish Government to introduce a new law addressing the needs and rights of people with lifelong learning disabilities in Scotland.’
24 May, 2017 | .pdf, 395.7 KB
This guide explains how and where human rights impact on mental health care delivery, and how staff can best ensure that the key rights are respected and promoted. It is intended to be both a reference guide and an improvement resource.