If you suspect a vulnerable adult (anyone aged sixteen or above) is being abused, you can report it to any healthcare worker.
Under the Adult Suport and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007, we are obliged by law to report and act on actual or suspected abuse. The Act is designed to protect those adults 'who are unable to safeguard their own interests through disability, mental disorder, illness or physical or mental infirmity, who are at risk of harm or self harm, including neglect.'
If you are a member of the public who suspects or witnesses abuse, please tell an NHS worker. Don't be afraid to come forward with your suspicions. It's far better to report something that later turns out to be unfounded than to leave it and the person continues to be abused.
If you can't speak to an NHS worker, speak to someone from another agency such as Social Work, the Police or the Council. For more information on adult protection, click here.