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Adults and older people

Adult safety and protection

Find out what to do if you or an individual you know is at risk of harm.

Every individual has a right to a life free from fear, to be treated with dignity, and to have their choices respected.

Most adults with mental illness, physical or learning disabilities or other special needs manage to live their lives comfortably and securely with help and support from healthcare professionals. However, some adults are particularly vulnerable to harm.

What can I do?

If you're worried that someone you know is being harmed or neglected or their property is at risk you can contact us on 0141 800 7850.

We'll give you information and advice so that the individual at risk and their family can decide what practical help they need or what action they wish to take. If they're unable to make a decision help will be given to support and protect them.

Please note, if you or the adult being harmed is in immediate danger or requires urgent medical assistance you should call 999. If medical help is required you should call NHS 24 on 111 or contact your doctor.

Further information

Adult support and protection advice from Scottish Government


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