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Older People in Scotland

Act Against Harm

This leaflet is about the kinds of harm that can happen to adults. Harm can happen to adults anywhere in Scottish Borders.

There is a law to help adults who are at risk of harm. It is called The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007. An adult at risk of harm is a person aged 16 or over who may find it hard to protect themselves due to a disability, mental disorder, illness or physical or mental infirmity. The law says that if a council thinks an adult at risk is being harmed in any way, they must look into it.