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

‘Choice, Empowerment, Protection… Can we achieve them all?’

A human rights-based approach to supporting, empowering and protecting older people


Date: Friday 27th October 2017

Time: 10:00am – 15:50pm

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

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Conference summary

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.

Draft Conference Agenda

10.00 – 10.30  –  Registration – Tea/Coffee

10.30 – 10.35  –  Welcome from the morning Conference Chair – Ronnie Barnes, AEA Trustee

10.35 – 10.45  –  Welcome from the conference hosts Lesley Carcary, Director of AEA Scotland & Dr Donald Macaskill, Chief Executive of Scottish Care

10.45 – 11.05  –  Cathy Asante – Legal Officer, 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.’

11.05 – 11.20  –  Paula John – Social Work Officer, Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

‘Tensions between individual autonomy and state protection – is it possible to support and protect adults at risk of harm, while ensuring choice and empowerment?’


11.20 – 12.30  –  Workshops

Workshop 1  –  Lesley Carcary – Director, AEA Scotland & Lucia Ciolanel – Volunteer Coordinator, AEA  England

‘Peer support as a model of recovery: Introduction to AEA’s peer support project for victims of elder abuse.’

Workshop 2  –  Dr Donald Macaskill –  Director, Scottish Care

‘Balancing human rights and risks in care delivery.’

Workshop 3  –   Gordon Thomson – Chief Executive, Ceartas Advocacy 

‘Advocacy and empowerment: older people at the heart of safeguarding.’

Workshop 4  –  Tony Barclay – Social Worker, Perth & Kinross Council 

‘Inheritance or harm? Tackling financial harm in a familial context.’

Workshop 5  –   Paul Comley – National Adult Protection Coordinator & Carolyn Wyllie – Assistant Area Manager, East Lothian Council 

‘How can we effectively care for those who self-neglect?’


12.30 – 13.30  –  Lunch


1.30 to 1.35  –  Welcome from the afternoon Conference Chair – Glenda Watt, AEA Trustee

13.35 – 14.15  –  Debate:  “Do current measures for protecting vulnerable adults in Scotland contain appropriate safeguards and promote individual empowerment?”

YesSandra McDonald – Public Guardian, Office of the Public Guardian

No – Shaben Begum MBE – Director, Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance


14.15 – 15.20  –  Workshops (repeated from morning)


15.20 – 15.45  –  Henry Mathias – Strategic Lead, National Care Standards Review, Care Inspectorate

‘Scotland’s Health and Social Care Standards: a human rights based to approach to care.’

Henry’s presentation will be followed by a short group discussion
at your tables.

15.45 – 15.50  –  Closing remarks from Chair

15:50  –  Conference closes


Book your place now 

To book your place at the conference, please download the booking form here, and return to, or by post to AEA Scotland Conference, Action on Elder Abuse, PO Box 60001, Streatham, London, SW16 9BY.


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AEA Scotland Conference 2017

It may be beneficial to purchase AEA membership along with your conference fee to save money on your delegate fee. Individual membership is £21 and group membership (for up to 20 people) is £52. This will entitle you to a 20% discount on all AEA conferences, events and products, as well as a range of other benefits




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