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Protecting and supporting children and adults and helping to make Shetland a safe place to live in is the aim of Safer Shetland.

Safer Shetland is an alliance of the Shetland Adult Protection Commitee, the Shetland Child Protection Commitee and Shetland Domestic Abuse Partnership.  It is led by the chief officers - Chief Executive of NHS Shetland, Chief Executive of Shetland Islands Council and the Chief Inspector of Shetland Area Command, Police Scotland.

All these organisations are made up of representatives from NHS Shetland, Shetland Islands Council, Voluntary Action Shetland, Police Scotland, Scottish Childrens Reporters Administration, Shetland Children's Panel, Scottish Fire & Rescue, and the Crown Office.

Although the Committees work separately and are constituted under different legislation and guidance they have similar aims.

  • To promote public understanding through publicity and awareness raising.
  • To let people know where they can find advice, guidance and assistance for themselves or for a child or adult they are worried about.
  • To provide training and support to staff in all agencies working in Shetland.
  • To provide guidance and procedures in line with national guidance to support practice.
  • To quality assure work that agencies do to protect adults and children.
  • To help agencies work together effectively both at a strategic level and on a day to day basis in their work with adults, children and families.

For further information please see the appropriate section of the safershetland.com website

Adult Protection

Child Protection

Domestic Abuse

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If you are concerned about someone’s welfare, please tell someone who can help.

These are the phone numbers:

Duty Social Work (for Children)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm:
01595 744421

Duty Social Work (for Adults)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm:
01595 744400

Outside office hours:
01595 695611

Police: 101

Children’s Reporter:
0300 200 2200