FOI Request - Adult Protection

Request 101000142170

1. How many Adult Protection referrals were there in 2012 where the service user fell into the 'substance misuse' client group?

2. How many Adult Protection referrals were there in 2012 where the main category of harm identified was "self-harm"?

3. How many Adult Protection investigations were there in 2012 where the service user fell into the 'substance misuse' client group?

4. How many Adult Protection investigations were there in 2012 where the main category of harm identified was 'self-harm'?

5. Of the Adult Protection referrals in 2012 where the main category of harm identified was "self-harm", how many of these service users fell into the 'substance misuse' client group?

6. Of the Adult Protection investigations in 2012 where the main category of harm identified was "self-harm", how many of these service users fell into the 'substance misuse' client group?

Response 07-05-2013

The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 was introduced to protect people at risk of being harmed. This is because some people may find it more difficult to stop harm happening to them. The Act calls people in this situation 'adults at risk of harm'.

Harm (or abuse) can take many forms including physical, emotional, financial or sexual harm. It could also include neglect and acts of omission.

An adult at risk of harm of harm is defined in the legislation as An adult (any individual aged 16 or over) who:

• Is unable to safeguard their own well-being, property, rights or other interests 

• Is at risk of harm 

• Is affected by disability, mental disorder, illness or physical or mental infirmity, and is more vulnerable to being harmed than adults who are not so affected.

All 3 of the elements must be met in order for the person to qualify as an adult at risk of harm People who misuse substances are not consider to be disable or to have a disability and therefore would not meet the 3 point criterion for intervention under Adult support and Protection unless they had a psychotic disorder, or another specific medically related illness or disorder in addition to their substance misuse we therefore do not categorise people under substance misuse and do not keep statistic under this category Where there are concerns for people who misuse substances there are dealt with through our Drug and Alcohol services.

(1) This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 (1b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

(2) Self harm - 1

(3) This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 (1b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

(4) Self harm - 1

(5) This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 (1b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

(6) This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 (1b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

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