Adult Support and Protection

Ensuring Support and Preventing Harm

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.

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

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.

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. Even if it happened many years ago, it is still important to report it.

To discuss or report a situation where someone may be being harmed or neglected telephone the Western Isles Council Offices on:

  • 01851 822708 - Stornoway, Sandwick Road Office
  • 01870 602425 - Balivanich Council Offices