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To ask the Scottish Government what safeguards there are to ensure that the convener of an adult protection committee is able to operate independently of local authority control.

Answered by Jamie Hepburn (25/03/2015):

It is in the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 that the convenor of an adult protection committee cannot be a member or officer of the council. Guidance sets out that the convenor must be seen to be independent in thought and action as well as being someone with the necessary skills and knowledge. The guidance also recommends that it is desirable for the convenor to be independent of all the organisations represented on the committee.

Current Status: Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 25/03/2015
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