The Code of Practice advises that multi-agency adult protection procedures should include a procedure for large-scale investigations. There is West of Scotland large-scale investigation guidance which some, but not all local authorities, agreed to implement. It is advisable to contact your local Social Work Services to check their procedure and if appropriate obtain a copy for reference. Local guidance may also be available on council ASP webpages.

Definition of a Large Scale Investigation

A Large Scale Investigation (LSI) is a multi-agency response to circumstances where there may be a risk of serious harm within a care setting (this may be either residential care, day care, care at home or a healthcare setting). The harm could have arisen during a short time frame, or have accumulated over a longer period. Additionally, there could be circumstances where the seriousness of the harm experienced by one individual and potential impact on others would merit a large scale investigation.