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Guardianship Practitioners Forum

The Guardianship Practitioners Forum has been established for front-line workers to explore the statutory role of LA Welfare Guardianship and supervision of private Guardians to enhance our capabilities of effectively carrying out this role. Colleagues from the MHO team will be participating in the forum to ground discussion in the principles of the Act, answer questions and enrich the discussions.

Aspects of decision making such as autonomy and protection; care and control; the nature of vulnerability; relationship building and maintenance; attitudes towards risk and support, and appropriate challenge of private guardians, are at the heart of decision making. Therefore, we aim to create a space which gives these concepts their rightful recognition to enhance our confidence in decision-making.

Social workers will have the opportunity to bring cases which are posing dilemmas, or to share reflections and learning of cases, past and present. Initially the forum will be facilitated by Claire Ferrier and Lorna Davage to establish it, in the hope that this role can be shared by others.

“Reflection is often promoted as an individual activity in education, but group-based reflective approaches offer enhanced learning opportunities. They harness the potential of wider perspectives, support the development of co-operative capabilities, emotional resilience and critical thinking skills; and offer containment (a sense of safety for decision making)”.


Guardianship Practitioners Forum Dates: 


03 November 2020   Time: 13:30 - 14:30

01 December 2020   Time: 13:30 - 14:30


  We would ask that you share some thoughts, dilemmas, areas of development or interest related to Guardianship. Please send to Lorna or Claire in advance of the meeting.


Global Definition of the Social Work Profession

“Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work.  Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing. The above definition may be amplified at national and/or regional levels.”


Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act (2000)

The principles are:

Principle 1:  benefit

Principle 2:  least restrictive option

Principle 3:  take account of the wishes of the adult

Principle 4:  consultation with relevant others

Principle 5:  encouraging the adult