National Adult Protection Day 2022
South Lanarkshire Adult Support and Protection Committee welcome the fourth national adult protection day on 20th February 2022.
Everyone has the right to live their life safe from harm. The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007(the Act) is there to protect adults who are unable to protect themselves.
An adult may be at risk of harm if they are over 16 years, unable to safeguard thier own wellbeing, property, rights and other interests, are at risk of harm (to themselves and others) and are affected by illness, mental disorder, disability or physical or mental informity. In South Lanarkshire, Social Work Resources undertook 2862 adult protection inquiries in 2019/20 and 2948 in 2020/21, with physical harm being the most prevalent at 34% consecutively. In 2019/20, 383 investigations related to those under 65 and 917 over 65. In 2020/21, 337 investigations related to under 65 and 807 over 65.
The Act places a duty on all public bodies to cooperate with a council making inquiries and each other and where a public body knows or believes a person is an adult at risk of harm, and that action needs to be taken in order to protect that person from harm, they must report the facts and circumstances of the case to the council.
However, we understand that sometimes members of the public may not want to get involved, for fear of being seen to intrude on other people’s privacy or subject another person to unfair accusations. But our message is simple – if you think an adult is at risk of harm and something feels wrong, you’re right to get it checked out. If you see something, say something.
Key resources include: Tricky Friends video (https://youtu.be/lo_6NcdygOE), and the Act Against Harm website (Home - Act Against Harm). Both explore harm and abuse from the perspective of adults at risk.
All it takes is a single e-mail or phone call, even an anonymous call to allow sensitive inquiries to be made.
If you are worried about an adult at risk of harm you can:
Contact Social Work Resources on: 0303 123 1008
Immediate danger contact Police Scotland on: 999
If someone needs medical help contact the person’s GP or NHS 24 on:
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National Doorstep Crime Campaign success
A national multi-agency doorstep crime operation, led by Police Scotland, has been a major success in preventing and beating the rogue traders and doorstep con men.
Police and other agencies detected over 1,000 offences during the dates of operational activity, with over 200 individuals being subsequently arrested. Charges specific to activity surrounding serious and organised crime were also libelled and reported to the Procurator Fiscal.
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Hate Crime & Third Party Reporting
Hate Crime is any criminal offence committed against an individual or property that is motivated by a person's hatred of someone because of his or her actual or perceived race, religion, transgender identity, sexual orientation or disability?
Hate Crime is wrong, it is against the law, and everyone has the right to live safely and without fear.
You can report a Hate Crime as follows:
- By Telephone 999 (emergency) 101 (non-emergency)
- In person at any Police office,
- Visit a Third Party reporting centre
- Or by clicking the following link - Hate Crime Reporting Form
Third party reporting
In some cases victims/witnesses of Hate Crime do not feel comfortable reporting the matter directly to the Police and may be more comfortable reporting it to someone they are familiar with.
To ensure all victims/witnesses are able to report Hate Crimes, Police Scotland works in partnership with a wide variety of partners who perform the role of 3rd Party Reporting Centres. Staff within 3rd Party Reporting Centres have been trained to assist a victim or witness in submitting a report to the police and can make such a report on the victim/witnesses behalf.
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