Adult Protection Committee


The role of the Adult Protection Committee is prescribed by the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007. Each local authority must establish an Adult Protection Committee (APC). The membership of APCs is multi-agency and includes representatives of the local authority, the NHS Board, the police and other organisations who have a role to play in adult protection.

APCs are chaired by independent convener,  who cannot be members or officers of the local authority.

APCs have a central role to play in taking an overview of adult protection activity in each council area, and making recommendations to ensure that adult protection activity is effective.  APCs have a range of duties, which include:

  • Reviewing adult protection practices
  • Improving co-operation
  • Improving skills and knowledge
  • Providing information and advice
  • Promoting good communication

APCs are required to submit a report to Scottish Ministers every two years. To download a copy of the most recent report (link to recent report)

Membership (as set out in the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007)

The required membership is detailed below, however the APC can, where appropriate, seek the support of both long and short term of additional members to ensure it maximises all available knowledge and experience to develop the business of the Committee.

Statutory Members:
  • Independent Adult Protection Convener
  • Dumfries and Galloway Council – Representative
  • NHS Dumfries and Galloway Health Board – Representative
  • Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) – Representative
  • The Chief Constable of Police Scotland – Delegated to Local Commander V Division
Additional and Optional Members:
  • Care Inspectorate
  • Criminal Justice Services
  • Dumfries and Galloway Council – Housing and Consumer Services
  • Dumfries and Galloway Council – Education Services
  • Local Community Police and Specialist Police
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Services
  • NHS Dumfries and Galloway – General Practitioner
  • NHS Dumfries and Galloway – Acute and Psychiatric Hospitals
  • NHS Dumfries and Galloway – Community Health Services (inclusive of Allied Health Professionals)
  • The Prison Service
  • Procurator Fiscal
  • Office of the Public Guardian
  • The Mental Welfare Commission
  • Third Sector Representative(s)
  • Independent Sector Representative(s)
Third Sector Representative(s)
  • Strategic Representative – Claire Brown, Third Sector, Dumfries and Galloway
  • Practitioner Representative – vacant

Third Sector, Dumfries and Galloway contact: Sandi Conway, Policy, Research and Community Planning Officer


Third Sector Representative Feedback 8th September 2015



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