Adult support and protection

Everybody has the right to be safe and well looked after


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The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 is there to protect ‘adults at risk’. An adult at risk is defined as someone who: can’t safeguard themselves, their property or their rights; is at risk of harm; and is experiencing:

  • a disability
  • a mental disorder
  • illness
  • physical or mental infirmity.

If you, or someone you know, is at risk of harm don’t ignore it. Contact your local council by email or phone and share your concerns – you can do so anonymously. The matter will be dealt with sensitively and confidentially, and support given if needed.

If you thought a child was at risk of harm, you’d do something about it. It should be no different for an adult. If your instinct tells you something isn’t right, don’t keep it to yourself.



Phone number        


East Ayrshire

01563 554200


North Ayrshire

01294 310300

South Ayrshire

01292 616102

Out of hours                      

0800 328 7758



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