Adult protection

If you or an adult you know is being harmed, you should speak up.  

Emergency number 999

alternatively contact Social Care Direct 

Forms of harm

  • Physical, such as hitting or shaking
  • Sexual activity that is not wanted or understood
  • Neglect, such as failure to provide food, heating or medical care
  • Threats of harm, such as being left alone, humiliated, intimidated or verbally abused.

Anyone could cause harm.  It could be family, friends, paid staff, volunteers, other service users or strangers. Some adults may be more at risk because of a disability, illness or health condition.

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

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

Next steps

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.

Fire safety at home

Get a free home safety visit from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. 

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