Adult Support and Protection Day 2024

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Are you worried that an adult could be at risk of harm? 

Tomorrow (Tues 20th February) is Adult Support and Protection Day, and Shetland Public Protection Committee is urging people to look out for signs of harm and report any concerns, so those at risk can receive the help and support they need to live safely

In our local communities there are some adults who are more at risk from harm, due to illness, trauma and physical or mental health conditions. 
As well as physical, psychological, financial or sexual harm, individuals can also be at risk through neglect or self-neglect.  Additionally, adults may find themselves dependent on alcohol or other drugs and lose awareness of the situation they are living in - or the consequences of decisions they make.
Harm can happen anywhere - in someone’s home, where they work, or in a public place - and is often caused by the people closest to them.  It can even happen in places responsible for keeping someone safe, such as a care home, hospital or day centre.
It’s important to speak up about any concerns you have, as the person may not be able to do so themselves.
Lindsay Tulloch Chair of Shetland Public Protection Committee: “There will be people we know living at risk of harm in all our communities.  This may be for a number of reasons, from living with addiction, being vulnerable to financial scams, dealing with the cost of living crisis or physical and mental health concerns.  I would urge anyone who has a concern about a friend, neighbour or family member to contact your local services for support and advice.  This may be the Police, Social Services or health professionals.  We all have a responsibility to protect each other and keep everyone safe from harm.”
Brenda Walker, National Adult Support and Protection Coordinator for Scotland: “It can be difficult to know what to do when you’re worried about someone, and you might feel that you don’t want to interfere. However, reporting your concerns could really help to keep someone safe and turn their life around. 
“The current cost of living crisis is making it even more difficult for those who are looking after others, or struggling to take care of themselves, so it’s more important right now than ever to keep your eyes open for signs of harm.
“Everyone has a role to play in keeping those in their communities safe, so I would encourage anyone who has seen something that worries them to please say something.”
If you’re worried that someone is at risk of harm or neglect from others - or harming or neglecting themselves - contact Duty Social Work on 01595 744468 (Out of Hours 695611). 
Alternatively, you can contact the Police by calling 101, or call 999 if you believe the person is in immediate danger.

Published: 19th February 2024