About protecting adults

The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 is a piece of law to try to protect people from being harmed. This is because some people may find it more difficult to stop harm happening to them. The Act calls people in this situation 'adults at risk'.

The Act defines adults at risk as people aged 16 years or over who:

  • are unable to safeguard themselves, their property (their home, the things they own), their rights or other interests;
  • are at risk of harm; and
  • because they are affected by a disability, mental disorder, illness or physical or mental infirmity, are more vulnerable to being harmed than others who are not so affected.

If you or someone you know is being harmed, you must tell someone. Use the contact details on the right to call your local office during office hours or the Social Work Emergency Service at any other time. If someone is in immediate danger, call 999.