Adult Protection Awareness Day

Help us support and protect adults

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North Lanarkshire's Adult Protection Committee is backing 'Adult Protection Awareness Day' held today, February 20th.

Every year in North Lanarkshire, a number of adults are identified as being at risk of harm and not able to keep themselves safe. This may be because of poor physical health, or the adult may have mental health difficulties, or it may be that because of illnesses such as dementia, they are not able to recognise the harm.

That's why the Adult Protection Committee is working to raise awareness of this issue to help keep the most vulnerable adults in our community safe from harm.

Whatever its form, harm against adults is real. It happens all too often and it is unacceptable. If you have concerns that an adult is at risk of harm then it is right to have it checked out - 'See something, Say something'.

Those causing harm may be strangers, or people who target those they believe to be more vulnerable. It can also be people in positions of trust - which could include family members, or those providing care and support.

Vulnerable adults may be subject to a range of harm including: physical abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, neglect and financial or material abuse.

North Lanarkshire Adult Protection Committee is proud of all the work that has been done across North Lanarkshire and what has been achieved to keep people safe from harm, however we realise there is always more we can all do. Along with our partners we greatly rely on members of the public coming forward to alert us with their concerns. People struggling to look after themselves can be at risk of all types of harm including neglect, physical, psychological, sexual and financial exploitation and we want you to let us know if you have any concerns about a vulnerable adult. All it takes is a single e-mail or an anonymous phone call to your council to allow sensitive investigations to be made and protective measures taken.

Remember, if someone is causing harm, they may be causing harm to others.

Contact any local social work service office or our out-of-hours number on 0800 121 4114. You can also contact Police Scotland on 101 or visit our website.

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