Adult Protection Committee

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This page should not be used to report an adult protection concern. If you're being harmed, or are concerned that someone you know may be at risk of harm, you should speak to someone about it. Call 999 if you, or the person being harmed, is in immediate danger. If less urgent - use the side link to report an adult protection concern to Adult Protection Network or call them on 01467 533100


The Aberdeenshire Adult Protection Committee is responsible for ensuring agencies work together to protect adults who may be at risk of harm. To ensure that we achieve this aim it is vital that we hear the views of people in our community.

The overall aim is the prevention of harm to adults at risk. The Committee duties include:

  • evaluate staff, partners and the public’s knowledge of adult protection legislation and develop effective training
  • raise awareness by giving information and advice to professionals and the wider community
  • develop, review and audit procedures for inter-agency working and adult protection policies and strategies
  • develop and introduce arrangements to audit and disseminate adult protection local activity
  • consult with people using the service and the public about adult protection inter-agency services
  • develop links and promote joint working with appropriate organisations and groups

The Committee was established after the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 was implemented. It meets 5 times a year.

Committee members are from:

  • Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Housing Service (Aberdeenshire Council)
  • Police Scotland
  • NHS Grampian
  • Ambulance Service
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • the Care Inspectorate
  • Advocacy North East
  • Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action
  • third sector organisations

The Committee is legally required to have an independent chair. Susan Maclaren chairs both this Committee and the Aberdeenshire Child Protection Committee.


This page should not be used to report an adult protection concern. If you're being harmed, or are concerned that someone you know may be at risk of harm, you should speak to someone about it. Call 999 if you, or the person being harmed, is in immediate danger. If less urgent - use the side link to report an adult protection concern to Adult Protection Network or call them on 01467 533100


The Aberdeenshire Adult Protection Committee is responsible for ensuring agencies work together to protect adults who may be at risk of harm. To ensure that we achieve this aim it is vital that we hear the views of people in our community.

The overall aim is the prevention of harm to adults at risk. The Committee duties include:

  • evaluate staff, partners and the public’s knowledge of adult protection legislation and develop effective training
  • raise awareness by giving information and advice to professionals and the wider community
  • develop, review and audit procedures for inter-agency working and adult protection policies and strategies
  • develop and introduce arrangements to audit and disseminate adult protection local activity
  • consult with people using the service and the public about adult protection inter-agency services
  • develop links and promote joint working with appropriate organisations and groups

The Committee was established after the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 was implemented. It meets 5 times a year.

Committee members are from:

  • Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Housing Service (Aberdeenshire Council)
  • Police Scotland
  • NHS Grampian
  • Ambulance Service
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • the Care Inspectorate
  • Advocacy North East
  • Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action
  • third sector organisations

The Committee is legally required to have an independent chair. Susan Maclaren chairs both this Committee and the Aberdeenshire Child Protection Committee.

  • Biennial Report

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    http://publications.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/dataset/aberdeenshire-adult-protection-committee-2020

    The Aberdeenshire Adult Protection Committee is please to announce that their Biennial Report 2020- 22 has been published. This report gives an overview of ASP activity in Aberdeenshire, what we have achieved over the last 2 years and what priorities are currently being taken forward.

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  • Carers Rights Day

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    Today is Carers Rights Day, a national campaign to raise awareness on the rights of unpaid adult carers and young carers and to let carers know where to get support. The theme this year is Caring Costs – to highlight the many ways caring can cost, from wellbeing to financial costs, particularly with the current cost of living crisis.

    A carer, also known as an unpaid carer, is generally defined as someone who provides, or intends to provide, care for another individual. They may care for an older person, someone who is disabled, has a long-term illness, mental health issue or is affected by alcohol or drug misuse. Adult carers are aged 18 and over and young carers are children or young people under the age of 18, or 18 if still at school.

    Caring includes physical, practical, and emotional support. It could be for a few hours a week, such as picking up prescriptions and preparing meals, to providing emotional or personal care, day and night, 365 days a year. We all probably know someone who provides care to another person. Some people don’t realise they are carers and consider the support they provide to be “just something they do” for family or a friend. It is estimated that there are approximately 800,000 unpaid carers in Scotland, with many juggling works with caring responsibilities, and nearly a third of carers say their mental health has suffered.

    Carers’ Rights and Legislation

    The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 came into force in 2018 and provided new rights to carers such as an Adult Carer Support Plan or Young Carer Statement if under age 18, or 18 and still at school. These identify carers’ needs and personal outcomes and are available to carers of all ages, no matter how many hours of care they provide. Other Carers Act duties include supporting carers by means of local eligibility criteria, preparation of local carer strategies, information and advice service for carers and a duty to involve carers in the hospital discharge of the person they care for. For more information visit Aberdeenshire. Council - Carers;' Rights and Legislation.

    Carer Support Organisations

    Quarriers are commissioned to provide a carer support service to unpaid adult carers and young carers in Aberdeenshire. Quarriers can support carers to complete an Adult Carer Support Plan or Young Carer Statement, which look at the carer’s roles, how it affects them and what support might be needed. Quarriers can also offer advice, information, and resources to carers, develops skills and confidence, assist carers to complete an emergency plan and provide opportunities to meet other carers. Meetings can be online or in person and include carer support cafes, mindfulness groups and activity sessions for young carers. For more information visit Quarriers Aberdeenshire Carer Support Service, Tel 01467 538700 or email aberdeenshirecarers@quarriers.org.uk

    Quarriers also provide carer support for adult carers and young carers in Moray and adult carers in Aberdeen City. For other local authority areas or to join the Aberdeenshire Council Carer Support mailing list contact carersupport@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

    Carer Support Information can also be found on Aberdeenshire Council Caring For Others, NHS Grampian Information For Carers, and Carers UK / Carers Scotland webpages.

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  • Financial Harm

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    Financial harm includes theft, fraud, pressure to hand over or sign over property or money, misuse of property or welfare benefits, stopping someone getting their money or possessions, or being scammed by rogue traders, online scams, by email or by post.


    Financial harm is one of the most common forms of harm reported to local adult protection units. It can have a significant impact on a vulnerable adult, not just on their finances, but also on their physical and mental health. Unpaid bills, having debts, taking out loans, or possessions going missing from their home, could all be signs of financial harm. Other signs could be that they look unkempt or thin, or has lost confidence, or are anxious or distressed.


    How can you help?

    The Grampian Financial Harm subgroup met today and discussed how to learn from people's experiences of financial harm to enable effective responses and resources to be developed. If you have a story around financial harm that you would be willing to share please respond using the my story tool on this page.


    If you are concerned that a vulnerable adult may be at risk of financial harm, please don’t ignore it – adult protection is everyone's business. You can report suspicious activity to Aberdeenshire's Adult Protection Network, or if reporting a crime contact Police Scotland on 101. The matter will be dealt with sensitively and confidentially, and support given if needed.

  • Cost of Living

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    At the Adult Protection Committee meeting today Committee members considered the impact of the cost of living crisis on adults at risk of harm. Escalating prices and the impact this will have on residents are likely to increase numbers of adults that may require support and protection. Many actions have been agreed to increase the awareness of risk and the resources that can provide support.

    The Committee were pleased to hear about the support that is currently available. If you need advice and support with the increased cost of living - please reach out.

    Cost of living crisis - Aberdeenshire Council

  • Doorstep Crime/ Cold Calling

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    One resident in the Garioch area recently saw workmen at her vulnerable

    neighbour’s property, working on the driveway. Sensing something was amiss

    she went to investigate and found one workman spraying a black tar-like

    substance on the drive. When the resident asked the man what he was doing he

    advised he was repairing a small hole. However, when she asked him to stop,

    he quickly became abusive.

    The resident entered her neighbour’s home to check on her and ask what was

    happening. The neighbour advised that the workmen had come to her door

    earlier that morning and offered to repair the small hole in the drive for £800 and

    that she had been too frightened to say no, so had consented. No paperwork

    had been provided and the men had started work straight away. The resident

    went back outside and insisted that the men stop work immediately. The

    foreman became highly abusive but the men all left, in their three vehicles when

    the neighbour began filming them on her mobile phone. Details of the workmen

    and their vehicles have been passed to Trading Standards and later Police

    Scotland. Enquiries are ongoing.

    If you don’t feel confident in dealing with cold callers at the door:

    • speak to a trusted neighbour or friend who lives nearby to see if they

    would be willing to act as your nominated neighbour, dealing with cold

    callers to your home on your behalf,

    • place ‘No Cold Caller’ stickers or notices near to your gateway and/or

    front door to make it plain to visitors that cold callers are not welcome

    (these can be obtained from Trading Standards or online from reputable

    retailers for just a few pounds),

    • if a cold caller comes to the door, you don’t have to answer or open the

    door, simply call your nominated neighbour to see if they can assist you,

    • if the caller refuses to leave your doorstep, especially if your nominated

    neighbour is unavailable, phone the Police,

    If you are a nominated neighbour:

    • don’t let the caller enter your home,

    • if possible, don’t let the caller enter your neighbour’s home either,

    • make sure both properties are secured from people sneaking in whilst

    your attention is elsewhere,

    • never leave the caller alone in either house or permit them to move freely

    about the property,

    • check the caller’s ID carefully and verify it with their company, if possible,

    • look the company number up in the Phone Book rather than relying on

    information on the caller’s ID card,

    • whatever happens, see the caller out of your neighbour’s house,

    • if a caller or workman becomes aggressive or abusive, withdraw for your

    own safety rather than risk making the situation worse,

    • try to avoid getting into confrontations or arguments,

    • get inside and call the Police on 999 if it becomes an emergency or 101 if

    not,

    Further information is available from Police Scotland at

    https://www.scotland.police.uk/advice-and-information/scams-and[1]frauds/doorstep-crime-and-bogus-callers/ and from Take Five at

    https://www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/general-advice/doorstep-scam/

  • APC Self-Assessment

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    On the 20th April Committee members were supported by Improvement Service to undertake a self assessment and set priorities for the following two years. Positive progress has occurred with our current priorities despite the difficult years we have all had through the pandemic.

    Looking forward there were be significant focus on improving practice around our use of data and engagement with service user, carers, families and the wider Aberdeenshire Community.


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  • APC - Case Review Discussion

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    The Committee considers case reviews as a key tool to develop our practice and make sure better outcomes for adults at risk. The process for case reviews is followed where it is believed an adult has not been kept safe and learning can occur in the Adult Support and Protection partnership.

    On the 20th April the Committee discussed 2 learning reviews. Work to develop improved practice around self neglect, holistic risk assessments and working partnerships were agreed to be taken forward.

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  • Tricky Friends

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    Aberdeenshire APC welcomes the development of this video/resource, to support vulnerable adults to to recognise what makes a good friend and how some relationships can be harmful. Tricky Friends - YouTube

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  • Financial Harm

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    Some adults are at risk of financial harm as, due to their vulnerabilities, they may not be able to look after their money or possessions.


    Financial harm includes theft, fraud, pressure to hand over or sign over property or money, misuse of property or welfare benefits, stopping someone getting their money or possessions, or being scammed by rogue traders, online scams, by email or by post.


    Anyone can be the culprit – a stranger over the phone, on the internet or on the doorstep. But it’s more likely to be someone known to them, such as a friend, relative or colleague.
    Alison Lynch, Chair of the Grampian Adult Protection Financial Harm Group said – "Financial harm is one of the most common forms of harm reported to local adult protection units. It can have a significant impact on a vulnerable adult, not just on their finances, but also on their physical and mental health. Unpaid bills, having debts, taking out loans, or possessions going missing from their home, could all be signs of financial harm. Other signs could be that they look unkempt or thin, or has lost confidence, or are anxious or distressed."


    How can you help?
    If you are concerned that a vulnerable adult may be at risk of financial harm, please don’t ignore it – adult protection is everyone's business. You can report suspicious activity to your local council’s Adult Protection Unit, or if reporting a crime contact Police Scotland on 101. The matter will be dealt with sensitively and confidentially, and support given if needed.


    If you are concerned that a vulnerable adult may be at risk of harm and needs support, please don’t ignore it – adult protection is everyone's business.


  • Adult Protection Committee meeting - 26 Jan 2022

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    The Committee welcomed a presentation on ASP training in Aberdeenshire and thanked the Grampian ASP Learning and Development Group for their continued work in developing practice in Aberdeenshire.

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