Adult Protection Day16/02/18
THE LOCAL body responsible for co-ordinating the safety and well-being of adults in Dundee has leant its backing to a national awareness day.
Dundee Adult Support and Protection Committee has given its support to National Adult Protection Day which talks place next Tuesday (February 20).
Independent committee convener Colin McCashey and Alan Ross convener of Dundee City Council’s community safety and public protection committee have both welcomed the initiative.
The national day highlights adults who are being harmed, neglected or taken advantage of, or appear to be at risk of it happening due to circumstances, illness, injury or another reason.
It covers the various types of adult harm, including physical, psychological, financial and sexual harm, and neglect.
Mr McCashey said: “If you think an adult’s being harmed, get it checked out. It’s right to act on your suspicions and we all have a responsibility to look out for others: neighbours, friends, relatives and anyone who could be subject to harm.
“The message is simple for Adult Protection Day, the same as every other day of the year – if you think an adult is at risk of harm and something feels wrong, you’re right to get it checked out, so if you see something, say something.”
Through the Dundee Adult Protection Committee, Dundee City Council, NHS Tayside, Police Scotland and local voluntary sector organisations, are committed to working together to tackle abuse of vulnerable adults.
Cllr Ross added: “It’s not always easy to tell if an adult is in trouble, but there are signs and situations to be aware of.
“A person may have unexplained cuts and bruises or refuse to talk about their injuries. They may be failing to look after themselves or their property, or are confused where their money has gone, or giving money to people they know for reasons that might concern you.
“They may appear quiet, withdrawn or nervous around certain people, or get upset at the mention of their relationship, or may constantly be having people – friends or strangers - ‘hanging out’ at their house.
“Adult harm can affect anybody, but people who can’t look after or stand up for themselves can be particularly at risk, whether through personal circumstances, physical or learning disability, age or illness and injury. We all have a duty to look out for people in our communities.
In Dundee, anyone who has a concern about a possible adult at risk should tell someone. This could be a police officer, social worker, health visitor, doctor or another person in a responsible role. Alternatively you can telephone the social work first contact team on (01382) 434019.
The protecting people website at www.dundeeprotects.co.uk