Getting help for someone who’s at risk from harm

Wednesday May 20th 2020


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

It is vitally important that we all follow Scottish Government guidance to limit the spread of Coronavirus. However, being at home can increase tensions and affect mental health, meaning some people in our communities are more vulnerable. Children and adults can be at risk of harm, and some people may be experiencing financial difficulties or struggling with addiction.

The East Lothian and Midlothian Public Protection Committee is made up of different agencies who work together to improve the protection of people in our local area. The Committee is urging everyone to keep their eyes and ears open for people who may be at risk of harm, abuse or neglect during the COVID-19 coronavirus public health emergency. It is just as important as ever for you to speak up if you are concerned about anyone who you believe may be at risk, or indeed if you need help yourself.



East Lothian and Midlothian Public Protection Committee Chair Anne Neilson says:

“The East Lothian and Midlothian Public Protection Committee hope that members of the public will take an active role when it comes to protecting people at risk of harm and abuse in our area, and take action if they’re concerned. Protecting people and ensuring safety is our top priority and we are keen to highlight the role everyone can play in looking out for others. If something doesn’t seem quite right for a child, or an adult, it’s better to say something than do nothing”.

If you have immediate concern for anyone at risk of harm, you should always dial 999.
Otherwise, if you have concerns, contact the Police on 101, East Lothian Social Work (adults and children) on 01875 824 090, Midlothian Social Work 0131 271 3413 (children) / 0131 271 3900 (adults) and out-of-hours social work on 0800 731 6969.

Support is also available through Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline on 0800 027 1234 or Women’s Aid East and Midlothian on 0131 561 5800 or email: FearFree domestic abuse service for men and any LGBT+ person can be reached by text or WhatsApp on 0131 624 7266 /

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