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The Scottish Mental Health Law Review (SMHLR), chaired by John Scott QC, aims to improve the rights and protections of persons with a mental disorder and remove barriers to those caring for their health and welfare.

The third interim report of the Scottish Mental Health Law Review has now been published. The Review team are due to complete their work in September 2022 by submitting a final report and recommendations to the Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care. This report outlines progress of the Review to date, the engagement work undertaken and progress made by Advisory Groups on the following areas:

  • Children and Young People
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Capacity and Support for Decision-Making
  • Communication and Engagement
  • Compulsion.

As a Forensic Network looking to standardise and improve care for the lives of Mentally Disordered Offenders (MDOs), we remain very interested in the work of the Scottish Mental Health Law Review and would encourage our partners across forensic mental health and criminal justice services to read the above Interim Report and support the work of the Review where possible.

Download the report (PDF)