Adult protection

Everyone has the right to be safe

If you or an adult you know is being harmed, you should speak up.  You should contact Social Care Direct or phone 999 in an emergency.

There are many forms of harm

  • neglect, such as failure to provide food, heating or medical care
  • physical, such as hitting or shaking
  • any form of sexual activity that is not wanted or understood
  • threats of harm, such as being left alone, humiliated, intimidated or verbally abused.

Some adults may be more at risk because of a disability, illness or health condition.

Anyone could cause harm.  It could be family, friends, paid staff, volunteers, other service users or strangers.

Financial harm

You should speak up if you or someone you know is feeling under pressure to hand over money or personal property.

Examples of financial harm include

  • abuse of property or benefits
  • stopping someone from having their money or belongings
  • stealing, cheating or fraud
  • putting on pressure to have a will rewritten.

Next steps

After you have contacted Social Care Direct, then social workers, the police and NHS Lothian staff may hold a meeting. They will work with the individual to decide what to do.

You may be contacted. Your knowledge of the individual may help when deciding how best to keep him or her safe.

You may want to read our adult protection guides - you can download them below.

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