For Professionals

In order to protect adults from harm it is important we work together. Professionals need to work with adults and their families as well as with each other, including Police and Health.

Who to Contact

If you think an adult is at risk or being neglected a referral can be made to the following social work practice teams (office hours) and the Social Care Emergency Team out-of-office hours: children and families ages 0 - 16, adults aged 16 to 64; and older people aged 65 plus.

Adult Social Care Enquiry Team

Office Hours 

Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 5pm , Friday 8.30am - 4.00pm

  •  Tel: 01506 284848

Email: (opens new window)

Outside office hours

Social Care Emergency Team (SCET)

After 5pm (Mon-Thurs & 4:00pm on a Fri) 

  • Tel: 01506 281028/9


Please complete and return this  Adult Protection and Welfare Concern Form (Word doc) [162KB] (opens new window)  as an attachment to the email address below. Please include "Adult Protection and Welfare Concern Referral" in the email subject header


Broxburn Social Work Centre (Adult Services Age 16-65)

  • Tel: 01506 284440

Livingston Social Work Centre(Adult Services Age 16-65)

  • Tel: 01506 282252


  • Tel: 101
  • Tel: in an emergency call 999

Adult Support and Protection Act 

The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 (opens new window) is a piece of legislation designed to protect people from being harmed.

If you or someone you know is being harmed - tell someone about it as soon as possible.  Some adults at risk can be harmed by other people or by their own actions.  A person being harmed may be too frightened or worried to tell someone else.  You must speak up on their behalf.

Human Rights are everyone's right - We all have the right to live in a safe, secure community free from exploitation and harm.  However, some of us live in fear, unable to speak out.  Some people need help to ensure their right to live in safety, with good care and support.  Adults at risk deserve support and protection, respect and care.

The Act defines adults at risk as people aged 16 years or over who:

  • are unable to safeguard themselves, their property (their home, the things they own), their rights or other interests;
  • are at risk of harm; and
  • because they are affected by disability, mental disorder, illness or physical or mental infirmity, are more vulnerable to being harmed than others who are not so affected.

Having a particular condition such as a learning disability or a mental health problem does not automatically mean an adult is at risk. Someone can have a disability and be perfectly able to look after themselves. For an adult to be considered at risk, all three parts of the definition must be met.  However, decisions about the three point test are the responsibility of Social Work Services. 

Any intervention in an individual's affairs should provide benefit to the individual, and should be the least restrictive option.

The Act Against Harm (opens new window) website gives lots of information about what harm is, who can harm another  and how harm can affect people.

Watch this video about why it is everyone's responsibility to report a concern or make an adult support and protection referral when you know or believe an adult is at risk of harm:

Social Work must consider when assessing risk:

  • the wishes and feelings of the adult at risk
  • the views of other significant individuals, such as the adult's nearest relative; their primary carer, guardian, or attorney; or any other person with an interest in the adult's well-being or estate;
  • providing the adult with the relevant information and support to enable them to participate as fully as possible;
  • the importance of ensuring that the adult is not treated less favourably than another adult in a comparable situation; and
  • the adult's abilities, background and characteristics (including their age, gender, sexual orientation, religious persuasion, racial origin, ethnic group and cultural and linguistic heritage).  (Part1 of the Adult Support and Protection Act (Scotland) 2007.

7 Minute briefings

West Lothian Adult Protection Committee

Policies, Procedures & Guidance

Social Work Scotland

Carer/Family Member Experience

Powerful video detailing a family members experience of the ASP and other related processes

Health and Social Care Standards

National Care Standard's Outcomes - What people accessing a service should expect...

An individual should experience:

  • I experience high quality care and support that is right for me
  • I am fully involved in all decisions about my care and support
  • I have confidence in the people who support and care for me
  • I have confidence in the organisation providing my care and support
  • I experience a high quality environment if the organisation provides the premises.

National Care Standards

Watch this video for detailed information about the National Care Standards:

Learning Review

The revised National Guidance for Adult Protection Committees for conducting learning reviews (opens new window) has been published on the Scottish Government website.

This guidance provides updated and revised information to take account of practice and policy developments, superseding the previous Interim Framework for Adult Protection Committees Conducting a Significant Case Review. 

The protection of children, young people and adults at risk is everyone's responsibility.
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