New convenor sought for adult protection committee

THe outgoing convener of Grampian’s three Adult Protection Committees has praised the work of adult support professionals, remarking that she has ‘been thoroughly impressed at the professional and caring approach shown by staff at all levels within organisations’ during her 2 year tenure.

Her comments came as the application process for a new convener for the Adult Protection Committees was opened. The committees, which were established by Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray Councils in response to the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007, monitor and advise relevant agencies on adult protection procedures to ensure that all partners work together effectively. Membership includes representatives from the respective councils, NHS Grampian, Care Commission, Grampian Police and the independent and voluntary sector.

“I have been thoroughly impressed at the professional and caring approach shown by staff at all levels within organisations”, said Mo. “Everyone has worked together purposefully and at all times demonstrated strong commitment to the support and protection of adults at risk of harm.”

Adding 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, she continued “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.”

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. Further information is available on the myjobscotland website at: http://bit.ly/nEqYjA