The national awareness day, supported by the Scottish Government, aims to highlight situations where vulnerable adults can be taken advantage of by others. Adults can be harmed in a range of ways, through the inappropriate use of their property or finances, be physically abused, or sexually exploited. Adults with disabilities and mental health problems are particularly at risk.
Kate Gabb, Lead Officer of SPPC said “For many years people have understood that children can be harmed and it is only more recently that our understanding of the risk to adults has grown too. We would like to ensure that every adult in Shetland is protected from harm or abuse.
“The pandemic and lockdown has increased concerns about adults at risk and there is some evidence of increased financial abuse and also domestic abuse. We want everyone to be as vigilant as they can be and look out for vulnerable friends, neighbours and family.
“I’d encourage anybody – professional, volunteer or community member - to seek advice if they are concerned about the safety or welfare of an adult. If you see something that bothers you or if you hear something that worries you then please contact the Council’s Social Work team, who are there to help.”
Anyone who suspects that an adult in Shetland is being harmed should contact Duty Social Work on 01595 744468, or out of office hours 01595 695611. In an emergency situation contact the police on 999.