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People with Learning Disabilities and the Scottish Criminal Justice System: Information about Health and Social Work Services

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Information about Health and Social Work Services supporting People with a Learning Disability

"Supporting people with Learning Disabilities"

"Supporting people with Learning Disabilities"

There are Community Learning Disability Teams in most areas and some of these have teams who work with people with learning disabilities who offend.

There are Community Learning Disability Teams in most areas and some of these have teams who work with people with learning disabilities who offend.

There are also in-patient units in many areas which offer treatment for people who need higher levels of security to keep themselves or others safe.

There are also in-patient units in many areas which offer treatment for people who need higher levels of security to keep themselves or others safe.

All local authorities provide some services for people with learning disabilities.

All local authorities provide some services for people with learning disabilities.

There are also a number of voluntary organisations who support people with learning disabilities.

There are a list of voluntary organisations at the back of this guide.

There are a list of voluntary organisations at the back of this guide.

There is a law called:

The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007.

The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007.

This law makes sure that people who might be vulnerable to being harmed are protected.

This law makes sure that people who might be vulnerable to being harmed are protected.

Every local authority now has to have an Adult Protection Committee.

This group make sure that services know about protecting people who may be vulnerable to being harmed.

This group make sure that services know about protecting people who may be vulnerable to being harmed.

Local areas also have a group called MAPPA which means:

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements

This is a group made up of people from health, social work, housing and police services.

This is a group made up of people from health, social work, housing and police services.

They meet to talk about people who:

  • have committed sexual offences
  • may be at risk of committing sexual offences

They meet to talk about people who: have committed sexual offences may be at risk of committing sexual offences

The group try and find ways to support people who:

  • have committed sexual offences
  • may be at risk of committing sexual offences

The group try and find ways to support people who: have committed sexual offences may be at risk of committing sexual offences

More Information and Resources

There is easy to understand information available from some of these organisations: