Vigilance towards Stirling’s vulnerable adults urged on national day of awareness

Stirling Council is urging people to look out for the signs of harm to vulnerable adults and report any concerns.

The public are urged to be alert to signs of harm to vulnerable adults; physical, psychological, financial, sexual, neglect, self-neglect
The Stirling public are being urged to remain alert to signs that vulnerable adults are being harmed

Some adults are more at risk from harm, due to illness, trauma and physical or mental health conditions.

On Adult Support and Protection Day (20 Feb), the council and other local partners are urging everyone to take action if you are worried about someone in this position, ensuring they can receive the help and support they need to live safely.

As well as physical, psychological, financial or sexual harm, individuals can also be at risk through neglect or self-neglect. Additionally, adults may find themselves dependent on substances that can cause them to lose awareness of the situation they are living in - or the consequences of decisions they make.

Harm can happen anywhere - in someone’s home, where they work, or in a public place - and is often caused by the people closest to them. It can even happen in places responsible for keeping someone safe, such as a care home, hospital or day centre.

It’s important to speak up about any concerns you have, as the person may not be able to do so themselves.

'Please say something if you're worried'

Community Wellbeing and Housing Convener, Cllr Gerry McGarvey said: “If you have any suspicions at all that a vulnerable person’s welfare is at risk, it’s vital that you raise your concerns for their safety.

“It’s understandable if you’re hesitant to involve yourself in someone’s situation, but any misunderstandings can always be cleared up. Please say something if you’re worried for a vulnerable adult and don’t leave yourself in a position where you know you could have intervened to protect them.”

Brenda Walker, National Adult Support and Protection Coordinator for Scotland, said: “It can be difficult to know what to do when you’re worried about someone, and you might feel that you don’t want to interfere. However, reporting your concerns could really help to keep someone safe and turn their life around.

“The current cost of living crisis is making it even more difficult for those who are looking after others, or struggling to take care of themselves, so it’s more important right now than ever to keep your eyes open for signs of harm.

“Everyone has a role to play in keeping those in their communities safe, so I would encourage anyone who has seen something that worries them to please say something.”

How to report

If you’re worried that someone is at risk of harm or neglect from others - or harming or neglecting themselves - contact the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership by calling 01786 404040. You can also call out of hours on 01786 470 500.

Alternatively, you can contact the Police on 101, or call 999 if you believe the person is in immediate danger.