Are you concerned about an adult who may be at risk?
- If your request is urgent and during normal working hours, call us on 01546 605517.
- If your request is urgent and outwith normal working hours, or on a public holiday, call the social work emergency line on 01631 566 491 or 01631 569712.
- If you think it is an emergency situation, you can call the police on 999
- If your enquiry is not urgent, you can send us your enquiry using our social work enquiry form
What to do if you are worried about someone
It is everyone’s business to help protect people who may be at risk. If you know someone who you believe is being harmed please tell us so that we can help them to protect themselves.
If you believe that someone is in urgent need of help to keep them safe please contact the Police on 999.
If you want to report harm you think, or know, is happening to someone, you can contact us on 01546 605517
Everyone has a right to a life free from fear
Every individual has a right to a life free from fear, to be treated with dignity and respect and not be forced to do anything against their will. However some adults may be particularly vulnerable to harm because of illness, disability or frailty.
Most adults with a mental or physical illness, learning disability, or other disability live their lives comfortably, safely and independently. They are able to protect themselves and safeguard their own interests. Others live their lives with the assistance of caring relatives, friends, paid carers, or volunteers.
Unfortunately some people will experience harm such as physical abuse, psychological harm or exploitation of their finances or property because they are unable to protect themselves.
If you are being harmed or if you are worried that someone you know is being harmed or neglected please tell someone. The different services that exist to support and protect people can only act when they know that someone may be at risk.
If you would like more information about the legislation surrounding adult protection, please read our page about the The Adult Support and Protection Act
Joint guidance on the interface between child protection and adult protection - Adult Protection Committee guidance (October 14)
Find out more at www.actagainstharm.org
Future Pathway Fund https://future-pathways.co.uk/ Scotlands In-Care Survivor Support Fund
Scottish Child Abuse Enquiry (SCAI) information can be found here https://www.childabuseinquiry.scot/
Adult Protection training
Argyll & Bute’s Adult Protection Committee aim to provide a high quality multi-agency training programme to ensure that staff from all agencies have the knowledge and skills to identify, support and protect adults at risk of harm.
We provide two regular training sessions for staff from any agency who work with the public.
- An Introduction to Adult Support and Protection(ASP) - half-day (3 hour) session aimed at staff from any organisation who work with the public and who may come across an adult at risk of harm.
- The Adult Support and Protection Act in Practice - full day session aimed at professional staff who deal with referrals, manage cases or provide ongoing care and support to vulnerable adults who may be at risk of harm.
These courses are free to those who attend.