Interagency Adult Support and Protection Practice of Police and Health and Social Care Professionals: A Realistic Evaluation Approach

The purpose of this project was to investigate the interagency Adult Support and Protection practices of police, health and social care professionals in Scotland by means of a ‘Realistic Evaluation Approach’. The study comprised of two specific phases. 

The first phase sought to establish the ‘state of play’ for cross boundary working by: identifying the gaps in interagency practice; evaluating the education and training needs of professionals working in the area of adult support and protection, and identifying information sharing practices. Focus groups with members of the police and health and social care professionals were conducted in each of the three Police Scotland Command areas. Thirteen focus groups were conducted, with 101 professionals participating. Nine key themes were identified: Information sharing; relationships; people and processes; lessons from child protection; environment; implementation of the act; regional variations and training; rights of the service users. 

The second phase will inform the development and evaluation of future interprofessional training resources and identify key performance indicators (KPIs). These KPIs will enable subsequent evaluation and monitoring of practice for all professionals involved in adult support and protection.