Policy and Guidance for Professionals

Being Trauma-Informed

Watch the following short video about how trauma might affect someone’s actions/ behaviours and engagement, but by building trust this can be overcome: Opening Doors - Trauma-Informed Practice for the Workforce

More information about Scotland's approach to responding to trauma, as well as related training and other resources, can be found on the Improvement Service website: Adopting a Trauma-Informed Approach

National Information

Legislation and Government Guidance

Adult Support and Protection

Related Topics

Other National Guidance

Office of the Public Guardian (OPG)

Care Inspectorate

Mental Welfare Commission (MWC)

Adult Participation - Communication Resources


Local Information

Grampian Protocols

Grampian Interagency Procedure for large scale investigations of adults at risk of harm in managed care settings




Aberdeen Practitioner Guidance and Protocols

  • Client Engagement Strategy and Guidance:

Right to Independent Advocacy for individuals with a mental disorder (including learning disability)

Appropriate Adults

The role of an Appropriate Adult is to facilitate communication between adults (people aged 16 or over) who have mental ill health or learning disability who become involved in the justice system as witnesses, victims or accused persons. To find out more, go to the Clarity in Communication - Appropriate Adults website. This includes four audio visual links which have been developed to help people understand the important role of an Appropriate Adult.  

Adults up to the age of 26

Aberdeen Young Person's Rights Service remit is to provide advocacy, guidance and support to Aberdeen children, young people and young adults, aged 0-26 years old, who are care experienced or are or have been involved in child protection processes, wherever they live.

Corporate Parenting – Various public bodies are defined by law as Corporate Parents and have responsibilities to uphold the rights and safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people who are looked after and care experienced.