Adult support and protection
In October 2008 the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 became a new law. The new law says that each council must have an Adult Protection Committee. Our membership can be found using the link on the left.
The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 outlines how to offer support and protection to certain adults who may be at risk of harm or neglect.
An adult at risk of harm is defined as a person aged 16 or over who may be unable to protect themselves from someone harming them, or from exploitation or neglect due to:
physical or mental infirmity
Are you worried about someone?
Everyone has a right to be safe. If you are worried that you or someone you know is being harmed, suffering from neglect or being abused, it is important to tell someone.
Remember, the person who is doing this may be doing it to others too. Or it could be that the person who is being harmed or neglected may not be able to report it themselves. Even if it happened many years ago, it is still important to report it.
If you are concerned about the immediate safety of an adult dial 999. For other reports, contact your local police or social work office. Outwith office hours please contact police or standby social work services. All numbers can be found below.
Any information you give will be treated with care. Even if you don't give your name, we can still help ensure the person's care and welfare are protected.
Social Services Headquarters
9 Balmoral Road
Social Services (Dalmellington)
33 Main Street
Social Services (Cumnock)
1 Greenholm Road
Social Services (Galston)
Emergency Social Work Service
Note: The Emergency Out Of Hours Social Work & Homelessness Services are available after 5pm until 9am, Monday to Friday and throughout the weekend, including public holidays. You will be put through to the Ayrshire Social Work out of Hours Response Service. A qualified Social Worker will assess the circumstances referred.