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Mental Welfare Commission

The Mental Welfare Commission (MWC) for Scotland is an independent organisation that works to safeguard the rights and welfare for everyone with a mental illness, learning disability or other mental disorder.  The MWC visits individuals in hospital, in the community, or in their own home – wherever care and treatment is delivered. Visits focus on making sure that people are getting care and treatment that is in line with the best ethical, legal and professional practice. When there is concern about an individual’s rights or welfare the MWC ask the services responsible to put it right. They also monitor the use of mental health and incapacity law in Scotland. Reports, recommendations and good practice guidance are produced by the MWC, based on their findings, for people who have an interest in improving mental health and learning disability care and treatment.

The website contains information on how the MWC operates and has a document library of reports on visits, as well as general information on mental health issues.