The MWC’s recommendations addressed to the Scottish Government were to review the roles of welfare attorneys, in particular, to address:
The information and guidance available for welfare attorneys;
Support for them in undertaking their duties;
Their authority to act where the adult resists, and
Their interface with the named person.
The Scottish Government already produces a Code of Practice for Continuing and Welfare Attorneys, this can be found at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2008/03/19074726/0.
We will consider at one of our regular meetings with the Mental Welfare Commission and the Office of the Public Guardian what more can be done to draw attention to the code.