Qualitative analysis of the provision of adult support for people who have gone through adult protection procedures, Phase two report

This is the final report from Phase Two of a qualitative research project into the implementation and outcomes of the Adult Support and Protection Act (Scotland) 2007 (‘the Act’). The evaluation has been undertaken by ekosgen, working in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire.  

Phase One of the research took place between late 2011 and mid 2012 and was based upon a meta-review of the 2008-2010 biennial reports submitted by each Adult Protection Committee (APC). Phase Two has taken place between June and October 2012 and has been based upon two main strands of primary research:  

  • Ten qualitative case studies (one in each of ten different local authorities) to explore the use, outcomes, successes and drawbacks of the Act from the perspectives of service delivery professionals, service users and members of their families. The majority of the case study consultations were undertaken by telephone, with a small number completed face-to-face.   
  • A series of workshops (held in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth and Kilmarnock) and one-to-one consultations (undertaken by telephone) with service delivery professionals working in adult protection. A broad range of agencies and job roles were represented at the workshops, including managers from social work and addiction teams, the police, the fire service, health representatives and independent chairs of APCs.