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Mentally Incapacitated: Protection

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the role of the No Secrets Guidance Programme Board is; (228874)

(2) how many times the advisory group established as part of his Department's consultation on the review of guidance on developing and implementing multi-agency policies and procedures to protect vulnerable adults from abuse has met to date; and what plans there are to convene meetings during the consultation period;

(3) if he will publish the information collected by his Department during the listening events organised to inform the drafting of the consultation on the proposed review of guidance on developing and implementing multi-agency procedures to protect vulnerable adults from abuse;

(4) which Minister authorised the issue of the consultation document on his Department's proposed review of guidance on developing multi-agency policies and procedures to protect vulnerable adults from abuse;

(5) what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) Scottish Executive officials and (b) non-governmental organisations in Scotland on the (i) enactment and (ii) implementation of legislation to protect vulnerable adults.

On 16 October 2008, as part of the review of the local safeguarding guidance, “No Secrets”, the Government launched a public consultation, “Safeguarding Adults: A consultation on the Review of the ‘No Secrets’ Guidance”. A copy has already been placed in the Library and on the Department's website at

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Consultations/Liveconsultations/DH_089098

The Department is leading the review, but it is a joint consultation document with the Ministry of Justice, the Solicitor General and the Home Office. It is authorised by all four Ministers.

The role of the Programme Board is to oversee the review of “No Secrets”, including the consultation. The Advisory Group has met three times so far and it will meet at key points throughout the review.

The aim of the listening events was to draw out key themes and issues in order to identify the key questions that the review should address. These have been published in the consultation document.

Departmental officials spent a day in Scotland meeting a range of stakeholders, including Scottish officials, to discuss the Scottish legislation.