In response to Mark's Parliamentary Question on how the justice system supports individuals with autism, Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, confirmed that a consultation was published on Tuesday 3rd April and will remain open until Tuesday 26th June 2018. This consultation can be accessed here: https://consult.gov.scot/crimina…/appropriate-adult-service/
At present, Appropriate Adult services in Scotland are delivered on a non-statutory basis. Consequently, the way in which services are delivered varies across the country. In some areas they are provided by local authorities, whilst in others they are provided by Health/Social Care and Justice partnerships, or contracted out to third parties.
Commenting, Mark said:
“I am pleased that the Scottish Government has acknowledged that the standard of support for individuals with autism who are involved in the justice system varies, and I welcome the move to consult on placing the Appropriate Adult service onto a statutory footing.
“The establishment of a statutory Appropriate Adult service in Scotland would be a major step forward in safeguarding the interests of vulnerable adults who find themselves involved with the justice system at multiple levels.
“I hope that individuals and organisations will take the time to submit their views to the consultation so that the best support possible can be put in place for vulnerable adults in the justice system.”