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Shetland APC publishes Biennial Report 2016/18

News Posted: 18th February 2019

The APC involves a number of health, social work, police and third sector staff all focused on the safety and wellbeing of adults at risk. Key successes during the two year period from 2016 to 2018 were:

  • Continued focus on training and awareness raising
  • Development of Scambusters in partnership with Police Scotland and SIC Trading Standards to raise awareness of financial harm
  • Using Community Engagement methods to improve interactive sessions with service users
  • Conducting a comprehensive Case Review in 2017
  • A Professionals Conference organised by the Adult Protection Committee in November 2016
  • Support of Chief Officers – Continued close working with Chief Officers Group.

The Adult Protection Committee provides training to a range of agencies.  401 people were trained in 2016/17 through 16 sessions and 471 people trained in 2017/18 through 22 sessions in various levels of adult support and protection.  In addition to this people participated in online learning with 407 people trained in 2016/17 and 485 in 2017/18 in level 1 adult support and protection.

In 2016/17 128 people were referred from a variety of referral agencies and in 2017/18 127 people were referred to social work.  The majority of referrals still come from Police Scotland and this is consistent with the national picture.

The full Biennial Report for 2016 -18 can be access online at the link below:-


Independent Convener of APC and CPC, Tam Baillie, says:

“As the new Convener, I want to pay tribute to the work of Max Barnett, as the outgoing convener of Shetland Adult Protection Committee.  Max and the Committee prepared the Biennial Report which reflects all the work that Adult Protection Committee has completed in 2016 – 2018.  I am pleased to present the Report on behalf of the committee.  My strong impression is that agencies in Shetland work very hard to protect and provide services to adults at risk of harm. Raising awareness of individuals and agencies to the risks for vulnerable adults remains a critical issue and an essential element for improved services protecting our community.  I am looking forward to working with all agencies across child and adult services to integrate our approach to the provision of protective services in Shetland.”

Maggie Sandison, Chair of the Chief Officers’ Group says: “The Chief Officers in Shetland recognise the hard work that all staff in all agencies do to protect adults from harm. We welcome this biennial report and commend the work that the Adult Protection Committee does to improve our services.” 

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 744000

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

Outside office hours:
01595 695611

Police: 101

Children’s Reporter:
0131 244 3780