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

Throughout the Western Isles there are some adults who are more at risk from harm, due to illness, trauma and physical or mental health conditions.

If you believe that someone is at risk of harm then let us know and together we can ensure that those at risk can receive the help and support they need to live safely.

We need to look out for the signs of harm and report any concerns. 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 and/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. Everyone has a role to play in keeping those in their communities safe and we 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 Health and Social Care at the council buildings, Sandwick Road, Stornoway. Phone 01851 822708 or e-mail to  

Alternatively, you can contact the Police on 101, or call 999 if you believe the person is in immediate danger.

Multi-Agency Procedures and Guidelines


Elizabeth Anderson, Lead Officer Adult Support and Protection,
TEL: 01851 822708