Abuse could be physical, psychological or be in the form of neglect. It could be domestic abuse or families suffering through someone’s drug or alcohol problems. It can happen regardless of age, gender or the colour of their skin. It can happen anywhere and be caused by friends, relatives, colleagues or strangers. By encouraging people to be open about their concerns and talk to care professionals, it is hoped that more adults and children can be protected from harm.
The campaign aims to ease fears that involving the authorities will make things worse. The worst of these fears are of splitting up families or prosecution. That may happen in the most severe of cases but in most cases the Council and the many organisations it works with will ease the situation by providing practical support.
You can pick a leaflet up from community venues, voluntary organisations, doctor and dentist surgeries and in hospitals. You can also find out more at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/
If you are being harmed or if you think you know someone who is, speak up:
Social Care Direct
0131 200 2324
101 or in an emergency call 999