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We produce a range of publications, for professionals, people with mental ill health and families/carers. You can download them from our website. We have copies of some materials – contact us to enquire.

79 matching publications.

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MWC Information Guide 2015 revised June 2022

28 Jun, 2022 | .pdf, 184.1 KB

Our Guide to information 2015 revised June 2022

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Publication Scheme revised July 2022

28 Jun, 2022 | .pdf, 458.9 KB

Our Publication Scheme revised July 2022

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MOU with the Mental Health Tribunal

24 Jun, 2022 | .pdf, 622.6 KB

View our memorandum of understanding with the Mental Health Tribunal.

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Learning through review: a summary of our investigative role

23 Jun, 2022 | .pdf, 1.3 MB

While the lessons learned in our national investigations are widely shared, this report seeks to identify how we can extend that work, sharing lessons learned from every level of investigation – from relatively straight forward situations to the most complex.

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Signed annual accounts 2021

20 Jun, 2022 | .pdf, 881.8 KB

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Data sharing agreement: Office of the Public Guardian (Scotland) and the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, June 2022

14 Jun, 2022 | .pdf, 457.4 KB

This agreement covers the sharing of personal data by The Office of the Public Guardian (Scotland) with The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland and vice versa. 

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Authority to discharge - closure report

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.

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Deaths in detention report

3 May, 2022 | .pdf, 754.1 KB

Investigating deaths occurring during compulsory care and treatment under mental health legislation in Scotland: the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland proposals, final report to the Scottish Government.

The aim of the review was to establish whether the current arrangements for investigating the deaths of people being treated for a mental health condition or learning disability are adequate, and how well local organisations support and engage with the families and carers of people who have died.

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Mental health homicides report

3 May, 2022 | .pdf, 996.8 KB

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland proposals for the investigation of mental health homicides: final report to the Scottish Government.

In 2015, the Scottish Government called for the Commission to develop a model for Scotland for independent investigations of care and treatment prior to mental health homicides. The Commission has developed a proposed pathway for mental health homicides that we believe is innovative, inclusive and human rights compliant. We believe the proposals laid out in this document are ambitious but necessary and will require funding support from the Scottish Government.

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Agreement for the transfer of records between MWC & NRS

4 Apr, 2022 | .pdf, 682.4 KB

Agreement for the transfer of records between the Keeper of Records of Scotland & The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

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MOU with the Health and Safety Executive

29 Mar, 2022 | .pdf, 950.5 KB

This agreement is intended to promote an effective working relationship and information sharing protocol between the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive in Scotland on areas of mutual interest.

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Vaccination for people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and associated conditions - position statement

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.

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Corporate parenting action plan 2021-2024

29 Oct, 2021 | .pdf, 1.2 MB

Under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act (2014) (“the Act”) the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (“the Commission”) was made a Corporate Parent and given a specific role with responsibilities towards children and young people who are ‘looked after’ or care experienced.

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Adults with Incapacity: supporting discharge from hospital

13 Oct, 2021 | .pdf, 124.8 KB

The Mental Welfare Commission and Scottish Government have issued this joint statement on supporting discharges from hospital for adults with incapacity.

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Racial inequality and mental health in Scotland

23 Sep, 2021 | .pdf, 2 MB

We wanted to explore how well Scotland’s mental health sector performs in relation to racial equality.

To address this we looked at six themes: ethnicity and detention under the Mental Health Act; the views of people with lived experience; the experience and training of Scotland’s mental health services workforce; racial equality in that workforce; and recording and reporting of ethnicity across mental health services; including in the Commission’s own work.

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Privacy statement

10 Sep, 2021 | .pdf, 82.8 KB

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Business plan review 2020-2021

5 Jul, 2021 | .pdf, 593.9 KB

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Complaints handling procedure 2021

25 May, 2021 | .pdf, 1 MB

This is our updated complaints handling procedure.  

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Authority to discharge - report into decision making for people in hospital who lack capacity

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’).

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Authority to discharge report - easy read

20 May, 2021 | .pdf, 9.6 MB

This report is about the rights of some people who were moved from hospitals to care homes. This report is about people who this
happened to during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Business plan 2021-22

11 May, 2021 | .pdf, 1.2 MB

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Additional Updated Equality Information April 2021

5 May, 2021 | .pdf, 89.7 KB

This is our Additional Updated Equality Information April 2021

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PSRA statement 2019-20

19 Apr, 2021 | .pdf, 140.7 KB

Our PSRA Disclosures for 2019-20

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MOU with Scottish Public Service Ombudsman

13 Apr, 2021 | .pdf, 97.1 KB

Memorandum of Understanding with Scottish Public Service Ombudsman

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Signed annual accounts 2020

6 Apr, 2021 | .pdf, 1.4 MB

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Children's Rights Report 2017-2020

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.

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Equality outcomes and how we plan to achieve them 2021

24 Mar, 2021 | .pdf, 1.2 MB

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Equality outcomes mainstreaming progress report 2021

24 Mar, 2021 | .pdf, 1.2 MB

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Annual Report 2019-20

30 Nov, 2020 | .pdf, 2 MB

The Metal Welfare Commission for Scotland annual report 2019-20

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Position statement on Section 13ZA, Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 in relation to Coronavirus

9 Oct, 2020 | .pdf, 1.1 MB

The Mental Welfare Commission's position statement on Section 13ZA, Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 in relation to the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020

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IAA Summary report - Local visits post-Covid recovery programme

1 Sep, 2020 | .pdf, 60.5 KB

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End year report: Business Plan 2019-20

20 Aug, 2020 | .pdf, 156 KB

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Stakeholder survey report

13 Aug, 2020 | .pdf, 1.3 MB

In January 2020, the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (the Commission) undertook stakeholder feedback research. The aim of the research was to explore perceptions of the Commission and its impact, to understand what the Commission is doing well and to identify any areas for improvements.  

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Stakeholder survey action plan

13 Aug, 2020 | .pdf, 101.4 KB

Actions arising from the results of the Commission's stakeholder survey conducted in 2020.

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Business Plan

7 Jul, 2020 | .pdf, 970.9 KB

Business Plan 2020-21

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Strategic Plan 2020-23

7 Jul, 2020 | .pdf, 931.8 KB

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Commission Position Statement on Role and Responsibility in relation to Covid-19

2 Apr, 2020 | .pdf, 123.2 KB

The Mental Welfare Commission has published a position statement on its role and responsibility in relation to coronavirus.

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Annual Report 2018-2019

28 Nov, 2019 | .pdf, 1.5 MB

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Signed annual accounts 2018-19

6 Nov, 2019 | .pdf, 11.5 MB

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Sustainability Report 2017-19

22 Aug, 2019 | .pdf, 305.7 KB

This report has been produced voluntarily, and covers 2017-19.

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Our business Plan Review 2018/19

22 Aug, 2019 | .pdf, 547.2 KB

Our business plan review - performance against key targets report for 2018/19

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Business Plan 2019-20

17 Jul, 2019 | .pdf, 520.2 KB

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MOU with the Scottish Government

10 Apr, 2019 | .pdf, 153.9 KB

View our memorandum with the Scottish Government.

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Engagement and participation strategy 2019-22

1 Mar, 2019 | .pdf, 434.6 KB

This is the Commission’s strategy for engagement and participation with stakeholders, including people who use services, users, carers, professionals and organisations for the next three years. It has been developed to support the achievement of our strategic priorities, as set out in our five year strategic plan.

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MOU with the Office of the Public Guardian

25 Jan, 2019 | .pdf, 66.5 KB

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Board Meeting Dec 2018

11 Dec, 2018 | docx, 36.5 KB

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Annual report 2017-2018

27 Nov, 2018 | .pdf, 5.9 MB

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Board Meeting Oct 2018

30 Oct, 2018 | docx, 36.5 KB

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Signed annual accounts 2017/18

10 Oct, 2018 | .pdf, 5.3 MB

Our signed accounts for 2017-18.

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Complaints Performance Annual Report 2017-18

29 Jun, 2018 | .pdf, 324.6 KB

This is the annual report of the COmmission's new complaints handling procedure, covering the period, April 2017 - March 2018.

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Equality outcomes and how we plan to achieve them

17 May, 2018 | .pdf, 58.8 KB

This document sets out our agreed equalities outcomes and plans.

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Equality outcomes and mainstreaming progress report

17 May, 2018 | .pdf, 84.7 KB

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Job Applicant Privacy Notice

1 May, 2018 | .pdf, 29.2 KB

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Accessible Information Policy 2018

10 Apr, 2018 | .pdf, 771.4 KB

The Commission's policy on accessible information.

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Corporate Parenting Plan 2018

26 Mar, 2018 | .pdf, 934.3 KB

This outlines our plans in this new role and should be read in conjunction with the Commission's strategic plan and business plans.

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Signed accounts 2016-17

1 Nov, 2017 | .pdf, 1.6 MB

Our signed accounts for 2016-17.

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Annual report 2016-17

1 Nov, 2017 | .pdf, 957.4 KB

Our annual report for the year 2016-17, which highlights the work of the Commission during the past year.

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Disciplinary Policy 2015-18

25 Oct, 2017 | .pdf, 333.3 KB

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IM&T Strategy 2017-20

30 Jun, 2017 | .pdf, 340.9 KB

This document details the Information Governance and Technology Strategy for the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland over the next three years.

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Strategic Plan 2017-2020

5 May, 2017 | .pdf, 1.4 MB

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Single Equalities Scheme 15-18 (updated 2017)

4 May, 2017 | .pdf, 72 KB

Our strategic plan for the period 2017-2020.

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Stakeholder Organisations Engagement strategy 2016/19

14 Dec, 2016 | .pdf, 320.5 KB

This strategy builds on the Stakeholder Involvement and Feedback Strategy 2014-17. It deals specifically with our engagement with organisations and professional groups, and sits alongside the Engagement Strategy for Individuals and Carers.

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Annual report 2015-16

17 Nov, 2016 | .pdf, 1.7 MB

Our annual report for 2015-16, highlighting  our key activities and recommendations for the year.

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Signed accounts 2015-16

10 Oct, 2016 | .pdf, 1.7 MB

Our signed accounts for 2015-16.

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The Sharing Intelligence for Health & Care Group Inaugural report

25 May, 2016 | .pdf, 622.9 KB

Produced in partnership with: Audit Scotland, Care Inspectorate, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, and NHS National Services Scotland.

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The next Mental Health Strategy

23 Mar, 2016 | .pdf, 75.7 KB

The next Mental Health Strategy - The Mental Welfare Commission's proposed priorities.

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Annual Report 2014-15

29 Oct, 2015 | .pdf, 829.8 KB

Our annual report for 2014-2015, highlighting our key activities and recommendations of the year.

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Signed Annual Accounts 2014-15

1 Oct, 2015 | .pdf, 2.6 MB

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MOU with the Health and Safety Executive

7 Apr, 2015 | .pdf, 305.7 KB

Our memorandum of understanding with the Health and Safety Executive.

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MOU with the National Confidential Forum

26 Mar, 2015 | .pdf, 198.3 KB

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Easyread Annual Report 2013-2014

10 Nov, 2014 | .pdf, 570.6 KB

An easy read version of our Annual Report for 2013-2014.

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Annual Accounts 2013-2014

23 Oct, 2014 | .pdf, 4.9 MB

Our report of our Annual Accounts 2013-2014, year ending 31 March 2014.

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Records Management Plan (RMP)

1 Jul, 2014 | .pdf, 651.4 KB

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Dignity At Work 2014-16

30 Apr, 2014 | .pdf, 366.6 KB

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MOU with Care Inspectorate

1 May, 2013 | .pdf, 47.9 KB

Our memorandum of understanding with the Care Inspectorate.

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MOU with Healthcare Improvement Scotland

1 May, 2013 | .pdf, 173 KB

Our memorandum of understanding with Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

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MOU with the Scottish Social Services Council

17 Apr, 2012 | .pdf, 65.9 KB

View our memorandum of understanding with the Scottish Social Services Council.

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Annual monitoring report 10-11

1 Jan, 2011 | .pdf, 1.6 MB

Key findings from our monitoring of mental health and incapacity legislation in Scotland 2010-2011

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Annual monitoring report 09-10

1 Jan, 2010 | .pdf, 1.7 MB

Key findings from our monitoring of mental health and incapacity legislation in Scotland 2009-2010.