Adult protection


Is someone hurting you, or treating you badly?

Are you concerned about someone who may be at risk of harm or neglect?

Call the Adult Protection Phone Line on 01383 602200 or in an emergency call 999.

If you have concerns about a child, call Social Work on 03451 55 15 03 or Police 101.

For more information visit or the 'Seen Something, Say Something' leaflet.

Information in British Sign Language (BSL):



When everyone is having a great time and getting ready to enjoy the Christmas and New Year festivities, for some, this time of year can be particularly tough to cope with.  This is why the Adult Support and Protection Committee are distributing a handy guide to help people cope over the festive period.

The ‘Surviving Christmas and New Year’ booklet contains useful tips and information which anyone in Fife can use when trying to cope with difficult times.  The booklet is another step by the Adult Support and Protection Committee in their continuing effort to raise awareness of support available in the Kingdom and ensure people stay safe and well, now and throughout the rest of the year.

It is downloadable as a booklet, wallet sized, plain text (booklet) and plain text (wallet sized). 

Information for British Sign Language Users or someone who has a hearing loss

Deaf or hard of hearing people can contact the Police 24 hour SMS number in an emergency. If it is not an emergency – contact Fife Council’s SMS number 07781 480 185  (this service is available 8am-8pm).  Both these SMS services require the user to register. The SMS number will be sent to you upon registration.  Use the  Police SMS Registration Form and Fife Council SMS Registration Form to register.

I need information in an alternative language

Adult Protection information is available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Polish and Urdu.

What will happen when I report harm?

Fife Council Social Work, NHS Fife and Police Scotland P Division work in partnership to keep people safe from harm.  We have a duty to inquire and investigate cases where harm is known or suspected.  Staff work closely with the adult at risk to decide together what action is best.  If appropriate, the family of the adult at risk will also be involved in the decision making.

What does Fife Adult Support & Protection Committee do?

The Adult Support & Protection Committee (ASPC) is a statutory body established under Section 42 of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 (the 2007 Act) within each Council area.  The committee is chaired by an independent convenor who is neither a member nor employee of the Council. Fife Adult Support & Protection Committee Biennial report 2014-16 and Easy Read Version give details of the Committee’s work during those two years.  ASPC Committee minutes are available to download from the 'Publications' section of this page.

The ASPC’s key functions

  • to keep under review the procedures and practices of the public bodies;
  • to give information or advice to any public body in relation to the safeguarding of adults at risk within a council area, and
  • to make, or assist in the making of, arrangements for improving the skills and knowledge of employees of the public bodies.

In performing these functions, ASPCs must have regard to the promotion and support of co-operation between each of the public bodies. The public bodies involved are the relevant council, the Care Commission, the relevant Health Board, Police Scotland and any other public body as may be specified by Scottish Ministers. The Mental Welfare Commission and Office of the Public Guardian also have the right to attend and must be informed of Adult Protection Committee Meetings.

Fife Adult Support and Protection Committee does not deal with individual complaints about services or professional decisions but may use their findings to inform and enhance practice development. The Act does not require ASPCs to become involved in individual case reviews. ASPCs have a strategic and monitoring function rather than an operational role and therefore routine case review is inappropriate.  Any complaint about a public body relating to their functions as set out in the Act should be made through the relevant agency’s complaints procedure.

Who is on the Committee?

Adult Protection Committee Membership

What do Committee members do?

The Easy Read guide Being a member of the APC explains this.




Social Work Enquiries
Tel: 03451 55 15 03 Contact Social Work Enquiries online

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