Mental Welfare Commission

Mental Welfare Commission

An independent organisation in Scotland working to safeguard the rights and welfare of those with a learning disability or other mental disorder. It is comprised of people who understand and may have experienced a mental health or learning disability and have worked in healthcare, social work or the law. The MWC believes that everyone with a learning disability or mental disorder should be treated with dignity and respect, has the right to treatment that meets professional standards, has the right to live free from abuse, neglect or discrimination, receive the care and treatment that best suits his or her needs, and be helped to lead as fulfilling a life as possible. The MWC’s visiting, monitoring and casework are organised in teams consisting of health and social care professionals, administrative support and Commissioners, which are supported by a corporate services team that address finances, human resources, and information systems.
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In December a team from the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland visited wards 4 and 5, both 20-bed mixed sex, old age psychiatric admission and assessment wards.
The Mental Welfare Commission visited this service in September 2016 and already it was possible to see the positive influence of the work.
The number of young people with mental health problems being treated in non-specialised wards has fallen by more than 40 per cent, from 135 to 71, the Mental Welfare Commission report has found.
Scottish Labour produced the figures from new analysis of data published by the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland.
The Mental Welfare Commission guidelines also allow dangerously underweight children to be force-fed against the wishes of their parents.
Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland inspectors made an announced visit to the prison on October 12 this year.
The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland also found little privacy in bedrooms on Ward 1 at Glasgow's Parkhead Hospital.
A team from the Mental Welfare Commission Scotland met Sam in Polmont Young Offenders' Institute, near Falkirk, for several hours on Friday.
A report by Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland found no "systematic approach" to the risk assessment in his treatment.
The government's Scottish Autism Strategy has been criticised by the Mental Welfare Commission for having a piecemeal approach, after one 44-year-old with Asperger's killed herself in a care home when she couldn't access specialist services.
Critics said the watchdog Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland annual report showed the system in "disarray":