If you think an adult is being harmed or at risk of being harmed it is important that you report your concerns. 

Residents of Fife are being urged to act if they think an adult is being harmed, neglected or taken advantage of. The Fife Adult Support and Protection Committee (ASPC) is supporting National Adult Protection Day on 20 February 2021.  The purpose of Adult Support and Protection Day is to raise awareness of the ways in which some adults experience harm or abuse and to encourage people to act if they suspect this is happening to someone they know.

This year the focus is on financial harm and mate crime.

Is your friend really a friend, or a freeloader?  Mate crime is when someone targets an individual to become their friend but with the intention of taking advantage of them or exploiting them.  Someone pretending to be your friend for their own benefit may take your food or money without your consent, bring strangers to your home without your permission, or hurt you.  That’s not a real friend.

Alan Small, Independent Chair of Fife ASPC said: “Harm and abuse can affect anybody, but adults who can’t look after themselves or find it difficult to stand up for themselves may be at greater risk due to their personal circumstances, or because of a physical or learning disability, illness or infirmity.  We all have a responsibility to look out for people in our communities. Everyone has the right to a life free from harm. If you suspect an adult is at risk of harm, then report it by calling Fife Adult Protection Phone Line on 01383 602200.”

If you’ve seen something or heard something that makes you think someone you know is at risk of harm, it is important to say something.

For more information, visit fife.gov.uk/adultprotection and listen out for our infomercials on Kingdom FM throughout the month.

You can also follow the Twitter hashtags #AdultProtection #SeenSomethingSaySomething’.