If you are concerned that you or any adult (16 years +) in North Ayrshire is at risk of harm or neglect, you should report your concerns. Harm can be any harmful conduct (including – physical, psychological, self harm, neglect, financial or sexual harm) and anyone can cause harm (including – staff in any setting, a carer, family member or friend, partner or stranger). The person who is being harmed or neglected may not be able to report it themselves. Everyone has the right to be safe and free from harm.
Councils have a duty to make inquiries where harm is known or suspected. Your concerns will be taken seriously. The Scottish Government introduced legislation to protect people from being harmed – it is called the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007. This law respects an individual’s right to have their wishes and feelings taken into account and to have the minimum amount of intervention into their personal life. There are Council Officers who are specially trained Social Workers who will work to enable the safety of the adult and may visit and interview people and consider the need for advocacy or other services for the adult or their family or carers.
Anyone can make a referral for an adult at risk of harm under the Adult Support and Protection Legislation.