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National Adult Protection Day 20 February 2018

Published Tuesday, 13 February 2018

South Lanarkshire Adult Support and Protection Committee welcome the first national adult protection day on Tuesday 20 February.

Everyone has the right to live their life safe from harm.  The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 is there to protect adults who are unable to protect themselves, their property or their rights.

10 years after the implementation of the Adult Support and Protection Act in Scotland, local partners have issued an upbeat statement about the progress made.

“Last year Social Work Resources received thousands of adult protection referrals in South Lanarkshire. These included referrals about a range of issues, from sexual abuse to financial, physical and emotional harm.

The joint work undertaken between the local authority, NHS Lanarkshire, Police Scotland and other partners has seen many successes. The Act has enabled multi agencies to come together to help minimise or stop the harm being perpetrated against some of the most vulnerable members of our communities.  We are proud of all the work that has been done and what has been achieved but we all realise there is always more we can do. To a significant extent we rely greatly on members of the public coming forward to alert us that someone may be at risk of harm. People struggling to look after themselves because of a disability, mental disorder or illness can be more at risk of all types of harm and we want you to let us know if you have any concerns about someone.

We understand that sometimes people don’t want to get involved, for fear of being seen to intrude on other people’s privacy or subject another person to unfair accusations. But our message is simple – if you think an adult is at risk of harm and something feels wrong, you’re right to get it checked out. If you see something, say something.

All it takes is a single e-mail or phone call, even an anonymous call to allow sensitive inquiries to be made”

If you are worried about an adult at risk of harm you can:

Contact Social Work Resources on: 0303 123 1008

Immediate danger contact Police Scotland on: 999 - Police Non-Emergency 101

If someone needs medical help contact the person’s GP or NHS 24 on: 0845 242424

Further guidance / information on Adult Support and Protection issues at: www.adultprotectionsouthlanarkshire.org.uk

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