Your help is needed to protect vulnerable adults

‘Act on your instinct if you think an adult is being harmed, neglected or taken advantage of’ - that was the message from East Dunbartonshire Council this week.

They are supporting the Scottish Government’s ‘Adult Support and Protection’ campaign, which aims to raise awareness of adult harm and encourages people to act on their gut feeling.

Adult harm can take many forms, such as physical, psychological, financial, sexual harm and neglect.

Councillor Michael O’Donnell, social work committee convener, said: “If you thought a child was at risk of harm, you would do something about it.

“It should be no different for an adult. But many people are not aware of adult harm.

“It’s not always easy to tell if an adult is in trouble. But there are signs and situations to be aware of. For example, a person may have unexplained cuts and bruises, or refuse to talk about injuries. They may be failing to look after themselves or their property, or are confused where their money has gone, or are 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“They may appear quiet, withdrawn or nervous around certain people, or get upset at the mention of their relationship, or may constantly be having people, friends or strangers, hanging out at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 stand up for themselves are particularly at risk, whether they have a physical or learning disability, they are older or they have an illness or injury.

“We all have a duty to look out for people in our communities.”

If you do have any concerns, please phone East Dunbartonshire’s Adult Intake Team on 0300 123 4510.