Laws and Guidelines in Scotland

1. Aims of the unit and introduction

When working with people living with dementia, their families and their carers sometimes you may find yourself in situations where is hard to decide what would be the right thing to do. In order for you to feel more confident in your practice, this unit will outline the legislative framework (the laws) that govern your practice. 

Although it is important that you have an overview of the key pieces of legislation it is equally important to understand how the law underpins a number of policies and frameworks that support the rights of those living with dementia and help you to give the best possible care and support.

The lessons in this unit will take you from the International and European context of Human Rights to some of the essential pieces of legislation the govern practice in both the UK and Scotland.

By the end of this unit you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of policy and legislation in relation to rights, care practice and provision, safeguarding and protection. You will also understand how your involvement in promoting good quality care in your role that supports the rights of people living with dementia, their families and their carers. There are activities throughout and at the end of the unit to check your learning and help you to recognise the development of your knowledge as we move though the unit.

1. Aims of the unit and introduction 2. The International Context 3. United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 4. What is the difference between legislation, policy and procedure? 5. The Scottish Context 5a. Why is the Promoting Excellence Framework important? 5a. Dementia strategies and policy 5b. Framework of legislation in Scotland 6. Conclusion

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