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Are you being harmed?

If you are unable to protect yourself from being harmed it is important to tell someone. Everyone has a right to be safe.

If something is worrying you - and perhaps your parents, guardian or carers or other family members can't help or don't know how to, or maybe you wouldn't want to ask them –

You could speak to a key worker, a doctor or nurse at the health centre or another person you trust...
Everyone has a responsibility to help.

All adults at risk have the right to be protected and kept safe from harm.

If you are worried or don't feel safe, please talk to an adult you trust.

If for any reason the first person you talk to doesn't seem very helpful, try again, or speak to someone else. Your safety and welfare is very important to us.

If you'd rather speak to someone on the phone, here are the phone numbers of some people in Shetland who can help:

  • Duty Social Work
    Monday to Fri (9am to 5pm) 01595 744400
    Outside those hours/when closed 01595 695611
  • Police - Non-emergency 101 or in an Emergency 999

Who are Adults at Risk?

"Adult" means an individual aged 16 years or over. Adults at risk have additional support needs and are dependent on others. They might be:

  • Older people or people with illnesses who are dependent on the help of others
  • People with learning disabilities
  • People with a physical or sensory impairment
  • People with mental health problems
  • People unable to protect themselves from serious harm or being taken advantage of
  • People who are controlled or suppressed by dominant partners

Useful Links 

Understanding Case Conferences - Easy Read 

The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 - Scottish Government Easy Read Guide (publisher document)

Adult Support and Protection in Shetland – Easy Read Guide

Advocacy Shetland for independent advocacy services please visit  http://www.advocacy-shetland.org/

Act Against Harm: Adult Support and Protection please visit http://www.actagainstharm.org/

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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
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm:
01595 744400

Outside office hours:
01595 695611

Police: 101