Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000
The Act changes the system for safeguarding the welfare, and managing the finances and property, of adults (aged 16 or over) who lack the capacity to take some or all decisions for themselves because of mental disorder or inability to communicate by any means. It allows other people to make decisions on behalf of these adults, subject to safeguards.
All decisions made on behalf of an adult with impaired capacity must:
- benefit the adult
- take account of the adult's wishes and the wishes of the nearest relative or primary carer, and any guardian or attorney
- restrict the adult's freedom as little as possible while still achieving the desired benefit
- encourage the adult to use existing skills or develop new skills
For more information, see the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 website.
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