Adult Support and Protection Conference: Good Practice and Future Challenges

20th February 2018 9.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT


  1. To mark 10 years since the enactment of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007, Social Work Scotland held this conference to reflect on learning and developments in practice over the past 10 years and consider future challenges and innovative responses to support and protect adults.

  2. The Programme

  3. Welcome

  4. Joanna MacDonald, Chair of the Adult Social Care Committee, Social Work Scotland and Director of Adult Social Care, NHS Highland
  5. Joanna Macdonald was appointed to the role of Chair of the Adult Social Care Committee in December 2016 and is delighted to have the opportunity to work with colleagues across Scotland to raise the profile of community care.

  6. Joanna’s day job is Director of Adult Social Care with NHS Highland. NHS Highland integrated using the Lead Agency Model meaning the responsibility for delivery of all adult health and social care services sits within NHS Highland.
  7. Joanna is committed to raising the profile of Community Care and recognise the care over 150,000 people across Scotland receive daily enabling them to live their lives and achieve their potential.
  8. Joanna welcomed the delegates and highlighted the importance of reflecting on the significance of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act, and the impact it has on daily practice for social workers.

    According to Joanna, the conference offered a chance to recognise the work undertaken by social workers, police and health professionals to keep vulnerable people safe, and to consider future challenges, opportunities and innovative responses that need to be taken into account to support and protect adults.

  9. Ministerial Address

  10. Maureen Watt MSP – Minister for Mental Health
  11. Maureen entered the Scottish Parliament in April 2006 as a regional MSP for North East Scotland and was the first MSP to take the oath in Doric as well as English.
    She served as Minister for Schools and Skills in the first ever SNP Government between 2007 and 2009 and as convenor of the Scottish Parliament's Rural Affairs and Environment Committee between 2009 and the elections in 2011. She was appointed as Minister for Public Health in November 2014 and subsequently Minister for Mental Health in 2016.
  12. In her address, the Minister acknowledged and commended the work carried out to implement the adult support and protection legislation, and to ensure that adult protection services are available across the country.
  13. She also highlighted the importance of sharing information on best practice around adult protection on a national level, which Scottish Government will continue to support by working with local authorities on developing good national data.