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Conference: Choice, Empowerment, Protection… Can we Achieve them all?’ A human rights-based approach to supporting, empowering and protecting older people

27th October 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:40 pm

Action on Elder Abuse Scotland national conference (in association with Scottish Care)

Friday 27th October 2017

Hilton Hotel, 1 William Street, Glasgow, G3 8HT

At the heart of Scotland’s unique adult support and protection framework is a commitment to upholding the human rights of those it is intended to support. It’s main aims are to identify, support and protect adults at risk of harm. Yet, many practitioners struggle with the tensions between individual autonomy and ‘state’ protection. Is it possible to support and protect adults at risk of harm, while ensuring choice and empowerment for the individual?

Two of Scotland’s leading representative organisations invite you to join our engaging conference to contribute to the debate, share experiences, and find out about national and local developments in this area.

Who is this conference relevant for?

The conference will be of interest to anyone with an interest in older people, adult support and protection, and human rights, including frontline and managerial staff in:

  • local authorities and other public sector bodies
  • third and independent sector agencies
  • care providers
  • NHS and independent healthcare providers
  • the police and regulatory bodies
  • solicitors and other legal professionals
  • students and academics

The conference will be relevant to both those new to adult support and protection, and experienced practitioners. It will also be of interest to older people and carers with an interest in this area (there will be no delegate fee for older people and unpaid carers).

Format and fees

The conference will run from 10am until 3.30pm, and will include a combination of presentations, debates and interactive workshops. There will also be a range of exhibitors providing information and materials to showcase good practice and provide information.

Fees: £30 + VAT

AEA members will receive a 20% discount (£24 + VAT)

 Draft programme

10.00am                        Registration and tea/coffee

10.30am                        Chair’s welcome

10.40am            Cathy Assante, Scottish Human Rights Commission. Cathy will consider how to actively embed human rights into health and social care and adult safeguarding in the current social and economic climate

11.00am            Tensions between individual autonomy and state protection – is it possible to support and protect adults at risk of harm, while ensuring choice and empowerment? Speaker to be confirmed

11.20am            Workshops:

  • Peer support as a model of recovery: Introduction to AEA’s peer support project for victims of elder abuse (Lesley Carcary, AEA Scotland, and Lucia Ciolanel, AEA England)
  • Balancing human rights and risks in care delivery for the SC workshop (Scottish Care)
  • The impact of loneliness as a risk factor for harm and abuse (facilitator to be confirmed)
  • Inheritance or harm? Tackling financial harm in a familial context (facilitator to be confirmed)
  • How can we effectively care for those who self-neglect? (Paul Comley, National Adult Protection Coordinator)

12.30pm        Lunch

1.30pm          Debate: ““Do current supported decision-making procedures for vulnerable adults in Scotland contain appropriate safeguards and promote individual empowerment?”

Yes – Sandra McDonald (Office of the Public Guardian)

No – Shaben Begum MBA (Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance)

2.10pm          Scotland’s Health and Social Care Standards: a human rights-based to approach to care (Henry Mathias, Care Inspectorate)

2.30pm          Workshops (repeated from morning)

3.40pm          Conference closes

Further information and booking

To keep up to date with information about the conference, please register your interest with us by e-mailing [email protected].

AEA-Scot Care conference programme


27th October 2017
10:00 am - 3:40 pm


Hilton Hotel
1 William Street
Glasgow, G3 8HT United Kingdom
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