Adult Protection: The Context
The Context of Adult Protection
Research done for Comic Relief by National Centre for Social Research and the King’s College London in 2007 found that 227,000 people aged 66 and over experienced mistreatment involving a family member, close friend or care worker.
The Mental Health Foundation report that:
1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year
Depression affects 1 in 5 older people living in the community and 2 in 5 living in care home
The UK has one of the highest rates of self harm in Europe, at 400 per 100,000 population
In 2007 the Scottish Government passed new legislation to protect and support adult’s at risk. The Act is about achieving a balance between respecting people’s rights and taking action where necessary to support and to protect them. It should help individuals to live their lives as they wish by ensuring that support is provided when they need it, and provide the means to protect adults at risk of harm.
Councils, health and police staff, amongst others, must now work together to protect “adults at risk”.” Scottish Government - Adult Support and Protection: Ensuring Support and Preventing Harm 2009.
For this to happen the information needs to get to the services, and that’s where YOU come in. Without YOU reporting your concerns and suspicions harm could continue.