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Are you worried that an adult could be at risk of harm?

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Throughout South Ayrshire there are some adults who are more at risk from harm, due to illness, trauma and physical or mental health conditions.

This Tuesday 20 February is Adult Support and Protection Day, and the South Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership is urging everyone to look out for signs of harm and report any concerns, ensuring those at risk can receive the help and support they need to live safely.

As well as physical, psychological, financial or sexual harm, individuals can also be at risk through neglect or self-neglect. Additionally, adults may find themselves dependent on alcohol and/or other drugs and lose awareness of the situation they are living in - or the consequences of decisions they make.

Harm can happen anywhere - in someone's home, where they work, or in a public place - and is often caused by the people closest to them. It can even happen in places responsible for keeping someone safe, such as a care home, hospital or day centre.

It's important to speak up about any concerns you have, as the person may not be able to do so themselves.

Jim Kerr, Independent Chair of the Adult Protection Committee said, "Our teams are here for you, so please don't suffer in silence. Remember that not all abuse is physical, and if you're concerned about your wellbeing, get in touch with us. We all have a part to play so please be vigilant and do not assume that someone else has already reported an incident of harm or abuse; see something, say something."

Brenda Walker, National Adult Support and Protection Coordinator for Scotland, said: "It can be difficult to know what to do when you're worried about someone, and you might feel that you don't want to interfere. However, reporting your concerns could really help to keep someone safe and turn their life around.

"The current cost of living crisis is making it even more difficult for those who are looking after others, or struggling to take care of themselves, so it's more important right now than ever to keep your eyes open for signs of harm.

"Everyone has a role to play in keeping those in their communities safe, so I would encourage anyone who has seen something that worries them to please say something."

If you're worried that someone is at risk of harm or neglect from others - or harming or neglecting themselves - contact your local community care team on 0300 123 0900, or for out of hours support call 0800 328 7758. More details can be found on the South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership website:  

Alternatively, you can contact the Police on 101, or call 999 if you believe the person is in immediate danger.

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