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Adult Protection and Disclosure

Disclosure Scotland
Informing recruitment decision through the timely provision of accurate criminal history information and protecting vulnerable groups by preventing unsuitable people from working with them.

Client and Carer Resources

Alzheimer Scotland
Alzheimer Scotland offers advice and information for people with dementia and their carers. - The Mesothelioma Centre provides vital services and information resources for patients and families affected by meothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers.

Edinburgh Carers Council
The Edinburgh Carers Council are an independent organisation providing advocacy, information and learning opportunities to carers.

Mencap is the leading organisation on all issues pertaining to learning disabilities in the UK, offering inforamtion, resources and training.

MS Society
The MS Society is the UKs leading MS charity, which has been providing information and support, funding for research and has been fighting for change since 1953.

Working in the UK
The Homeoffice UK Border Agencys website providing information on all immigration categories for non-European migrants who want to work in the UK


Business Link
Offers advice to small businesses on issues such as finance, employement law, tax and regulation.

Department of Trade and Industry
The Department of Trade and Industry aims to drive commercial productivity and competitiveness in the UK by working with businesses.

Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce
The Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce offers help to find cost effective solutions that will help businesses to grow. In addition the ECC offers networing opportunities through conferences and training.

Federation of Small Businesses
The Federation of Small Businesses offers support to small businesses, such as legal protection, advice on employement law and tax issues, etc.

Information Commissioners Office
Appointed by the Crown, this independent body governs the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000, also offering practical advice on these acts.

The UKHCA is the national professional association for organisations who provide social care to people in their own homes. This organisation provides information, research and learning resources to care providers within the sector.

Health and Wellbeing

Information website of the National Health Service.

Advice and information on how to look after yourself and treat common health problems yourself.

Nutritionist Resource
Provides information and resources on healthy nutrition together with contact information on local professional nutritionists.

The LGBT Age
The LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing offers a befriending service, social events, volunteering opportunities information and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people over the age of 50.

Human Rights

Amnesty International
Amnesty is a campaigning organisation with a purpose to protect people wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied.

Liberty seek to protect civil liberties and promote human rights for everyone. The organisation provides information and actively engages in lobbying and campaigning for civil liberty and human rights policy in the UK.

United Nations
The UN has issued The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. You can find this here.

Local Authority Contacts

East Lothian Council
East Lothian Council website offers information on social care and other aeas of interest.

Midlothian Council
Midlothian Council website is a source of information about social care and other relevant information.

Training, Education and Development

ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations.

Dementia Services Development Centre
The Dementia Services Development Centre in Stirling provides research, training and information on dementia as well as practical advice.

Scottish Qualifications Authority
The Scottish Qualifications Authority is the national accreditation and awarding body, accrediting vocational qualifications offered accross Scotland.

Skills Development Scotland
Skills Development Scotland offer 200 Pounds Sterling towards the cost of learning and training for people aged 16+ and and annual income of 22.000 Pounds Sterling or less.

Social Care TV
Social Care TV offers innovative online training resources for health and social care providers of all types.

Student Awards Agency for Scotland
SAAS is a government agency who pays grants and busaries to Scottish students in higher education.

The Knowledge Network
Social Care staff can access this site which provides a source of knowledge for health and social care. A great online resource.

Workforce Matters
The Private Care Sector Workforce Initiative has developed the capacity of the private care sector in Scotland to deliver on teh national workforce agenda.