Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

The Commission was originally set up in 1960 under the Mental Health Act. Our duties are set out in current mental health and incapacity law.

We are accountable to Ministers at the Scottish Government for our statutory duties and how we spend public money. We carry out our work and produce reports independently from the Scottish Government.

The law says that we must have service users and carers on the Board. This means that the service user and carer voice is at the heart of our decision making.

We carry out our statutory duties by focussing on five main areas of work. They are:

  • Visiting
  • Monitoring the Acts
  • Investigations
  • Information and advice
  • Influencing and challenging


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