East Lothian Council

Child and Adult Protection

What to do if you suspect abuse

We all have a duty to protect both children and adults that we feel may be at risk.

Child abuse can happen to any child and in any family background. It includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, mental abuse or neglect.

In the case of adults, they may be being abused because they cannot safeguard their own wellbeing, property, rights or interests, putting them at risk of harm. Alternatively, they may be affected by a physical or mental disability, illness or infirmity making them more vulnerable to being harmed.

What you should do

If you suspect that someone you know or come into contact with is being abused, you should report it immediately to our social work service or the police.

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