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Adult Protection

Shetland Inter-Agency Adult Support and Protection Procedures - Sept 2020 (pdf)

E Learning – It’s Everyone’s Job (Basic Adult and Child Protection Level 1)



The rights of children, young people and adults to be protected from harm do not change in the current pandemic. Protecting children and adults at risk of harm remains a priority for services in Shetland. Please seek advice from a line manager or make a child or adult protection referral without delay to the Duty Social Worker. It is important to be vigilant at this time as the vulnerabilities of children, young people and adults may  be increased. Help and support is always available using the phone numbers and resources on this website.

Protecting Adults from Harm During Lockdown - Film 

Safeguarding Adults at Risk

The Shetland Public Protection Committee undertakes all the duties of the Adult Protection Committee as laid down in the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007. The aim is to ensure that all aspects of adult protection work are done as well as possible and adults at risk of harm are identified and protected.

This section gives advice on what to do if you suspect someone you know is suffering from harm, or if you think you are being harmed yourself. You will also be able to find information about the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) 2007 Act, and how this important piece of legislation protects adults at risk. 

In order to safeguard adults from harm, it is important that we work together. Professionals need to work with adults and their families as well as in partnership with other agencies, including the Police and Health. Please see Shetland inter-agency Adult Support and Protection Procedures for detailed information on how to respond to concerns about the safety of an adult.

To view the most recent Annual Report click here

For the Shetland Public Protection Committee Biennial Report 2018 - 2020 click here.

If you or the person being harmed is in immediate danger you should ring the police on 999, for non-emergency Police Scotland can be contacted on 101

What do I Stand For

View a short Shetland film about being safe from harm.

In This Section

Information for:

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 744468

Outside office hours:
01595 695611

Police: 101