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Adult protection

We are still here to help

If you or someone you know is at risk of harm or abuse, we are still here to help.

All councils must have an Adult Protection Committee. View the membership of our Adult Protection Committee.

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 someone aged 16 or over who may be unable to protect themselves from someone harming them or from exploitation or neglect due to:

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

Are you worried about someone?

We all have a right to be safe. If you are worried that you or someone you know is being harmed, suffering from neglect or being abused, you should tell someone. Contact any of the numbers below or complete our Adult Protection Referral Form (PDF 234Kb), also known as an AP1.

The person who is causing harm may also be doing it to others. Or 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 want to give your name, we can still make sure the person's care and welfare are protected. 

Contact Information

Adult Protection Concerns (East Ayrshire North)
Health and Social Care Partnership
The Johnnie Walker Bond
15 Strand Street
Kilmarnock, KA1 1HU
Telephone: 01563 554200
Adult Protection Concerns (East Ayrshire South)
Health and Social Care Partnership
Cumnock Area Centre, Rothesay House
1 Greenholm Road
Cumnock, KA18 1LH
Telephone: 01290 427720
Social Work: Ayrshire Urgent Care Service
Tel: 0800 328 7758
Note: The Emergency Out Of Hours Social Work Service is 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.