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Book review: Crossing The Acts

The risks faced by adults with mental disorder are greater in degree and type than those of other adults and as such require a different approach to the management of and response to risk and harm, writes Iain McDonald.


‘Crossing the Acts’:The Support and Protection of Adults at Risk with Mental Disorder; Across the Scottish Legislative Frameworks 


★★★★★

Tom Keenan

Venture Press

ISBN 9781861780867  £17.95

The risks faced by adults with mental disorder are greater in degree and type than those of other adults and as such require a different approach to the management of and response to risk and harm, writes Iain McDonald.

This is the central topic of this very comprehensive and helpful book.  As the title suggests the focus is on the most effective way to meet client need through the effective use of relevant parts of the three primary acts – the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000, the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Scotland Act 2003 and the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 - and supporting policy and legislation. 

It is noted that the initial starting point for any inquiry is to identify at point of referral what the most appropriate legislative basis for investigation is, and then to use the legislation creatively in responding with short-term interventions, while planning possible long term-intervention. 

The complexities of the legislation and practice in this area are illuminated by cross-referenced appendices and case studies. This includes a useful diagram of the risk landscape for adults with mental disorder.

Additionally, the book focuses on placing the adult at the centre of any action taken and also gives a step-by-step process for the creation of risk management plans and long-term support plans. This is a most useful guide to understanding the law and practice in Scotland relating to mental disorder and risk.

Iain McDonald is a social worker

 

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