Adult Protection

The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 provides ways to offer support and protection to certain adults who may be at risk of harm or neglect.

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Who does the Act say is an 'adult at risk' of harm?

An 'adult at risk' of harm is defined as a person aged 16 or over who may be unable to protect themselves from someone harming them, or from exploitation or neglect because of a:

  • disability
  • mental disorder
  • illness or
  • physical or mental infirmity

What can I do?

If you are worried that you or someone you know is being harmed, is suffering from neglect, or is being abused, it is important to tell someone. Everyone has a right to be safe. The Glasgow Adult Protection website providers more information on how to report your concerns.

Remember, the person who did this may be doing it to others too. Or, it could be that the person who is being harmed or neglected may not be able to report it themselves.

The AdultProtection website provides information on What Harm is; Who is at Risk and How to report concerns.

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