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David Donnison

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420381

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420381.001.0001

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Scotland gives a lead

Scotland gives a lead

(p.25) two Scotland gives a lead
Speaking to power

David Donnison

Policy Press

This chapter addresses the following questions: Why did Scotland give a lead in setting up advocacy services? Why did it focus particularly on the needs of people with mental disorders? The chapter describes the reforms introduced by Scotland's Parliament that showed both a belief in the state and its public-service professions, and a robust capacity to challenge established authorities. One of these is the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act, which came into force in October 2005. It called for a free advocacy service that would be available to anyone with a mental disorder who wanted it – a local service provided by voluntary bodies which would not be permitted to do anything else but advocacy.

Keywords:   advocacy service, mental disorders, social policy, Mental Health Act, public service

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