After hearing our members’ feedback, we have organised a new SIAA Training to support organisations deepen their understanding of the Mental Health Act and the role of independent advocacy.

Led by solicitor Sarah Prentice, the “Mental Health Act Training for Independent Advocacy” includes 2 online sessions. Depending on your knowledge and experience, you might want to attend one or both.

Foundation session

This session will take place on Tuesday 16 May from 10am to 1pm and will cover:

  • Principles of the Act
  • The Role of Advocacy
  • The Tests for Compulsory Detention
  • Different types of Compulsory Treatment Orders
  • Roles of solicitors/ named persons/ curators ad litem/ named persons/ advanced statements
  • Mental Health Tribunals and Solicitor engagement

Sign up to the Foundation session.

Advanced session

The advanced session will take place on Thursday 18 May from 10am to 1pm, the topics include:

  • National and International Human Rights Obligations in Scotland (including Deprivation of liberty)
  • The Mental Health Law Review Recommendations with a specific focus on advocacy
  • Case studies with example patients including break out group work and discussions

If you’re only signing up to the advanced meeting, please make sure that you’re confident with all topics in the foundation session.

Sign up to the Advanced session.


This training is free to attend for SIAA members. Since spaces are limited, we recommend signing up in advance.

We hope you can join the training and please keep sharing your feedback with us.

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