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(Scottish Government) Review of Mental Health Law in Scotland

17 March 2020

A review is being carried out into the way mental health law is working in Scotland.

John Scott QC is leading the Review and wants to hear about experiences of mental health law in Scotland.

Our views will help John and his team learn more about the way the law is working just now and what can be done to improve the way it works.

The aim of the Review is to improve the rights and protections of people affected by the mental health, incapacity or adult support and protection laws because they have, or used to have, a mental disorder.

This includes carers or supporters of people affected by these laws. 

A Human Rights based approach to the Review is being undertaken which means that at all times, the question of how mental health law promotes and protects human rights is being asked, and if it could be done in a better way.

The BPS is looking to feed into this review.

Getting Involved

The BPS is reliant upon the expert psychological expertise of our members in order to provide evidence based responses to a whole range of stakeholders including Government departments and Policy decision makers.

Send your comments to [email protected] using the response form.

The deadline for responses is the end of play on Friday 01 May.

Please note:

  • The society will only produce ONE response to any consultation.
  • Any response that goes under the society logo MUST be signed off by the relevant Board Chair and Branch Chair in the case of Devolved Nations.
  • Responses on behalf of particular Divisions / Faculties / Member Networks are not permitted under any circumstances.
  • Please do refer to the British Psychological Society Consultation Processes document which is attached before writing and sending any comments
  • Please ensure that all comments are based on Published Evidence and not solely on clinical opinion


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