Adult protection committees seek new convenor
5th August 2011
Applications are now open for a new independent convenor to the three Adult Protection Committees in Grampian.
The contract is up for renewal and the post will oversee the three Adult Protection Committees in Grampian and provide a consistent approach to the care and support of adults at risk of harm in the north-east of Scotland.
The post is currently held by Mo Ramsay, who has worked hard over the last two years to oversee the work of the committees protecting adults.
Mo said that her role as the very first convenor of adult support and protection for Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray has been challenging, exciting and worthwhile.
“I have been thoroughly impressed at the professional and caring approach shown by staff at all levels within organisations. Everyone has worked together purposefully and at all times demonstrated strong commitment to the support and protection of adults at risk of harm,” she said.
Mo added that the most rewarding aspect of her work is the knowledge that many at risk adults, their families and carers have been helped by the dedicated teams of professionals in adult protection.
“Getting the adult support and protection message across to professionals and members of the public has been a huge undertaking, greatly assisted by excellent trainers and marketing staff.
“There is still a long way to go in increasing knowledge and understanding and there is about to be another publicity campaign which people should look out for.
“I wish the next convenor all the best and hope that they also enjoy the process of getting the message across and making improvements in this important area,” added Mo.
Statistics show that financial harm is an area most prevalent and planning is underway for a targeted campaign to launch across Grampian in October to further raise awareness of this area of adult protection.
Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council established the committees in response to the duties imposed on councils and their partners by the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007.
Guidance on the establishment of Adult Protection Committees was issued in October 2008.
Membership includes representatives from the respective councils, NHS Grampian, Care Commission, Grampian Police and the independent and voluntary sector.
The role of Adult Protection Committees in Grampian is to monitor and advise relevant agencies on adult protection procedures to ensure that all partners work together effectively.
The convenor of Grampian’s Adult Protection Committees will chair the Aberdeenshire, Moray and Aberdeen City Adult Protection Committees to ensure they operate in accordance with the Adult Support and Protection Act 2007.
It is anticipated that the convenor will need to commit to two days per month per committee although additional hours may be required. The post will be appointed for two years in the first instance.
To avoid any potential conflict of interest, the convenor of Grampian’s Adult Protection Committees must not be an elected member or officer of the local authority.
If you have experience of adult protection issues and would like more information about the role please visit the myjobscotland website at: http://bit.ly/nEqYjA
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