Adult Support and Protection Scotland: April 2019 to March 2022

This is the first release of annual Adult Support and Protection (ASP) data, in Scotland, and includes national data for financial years 2019/20 - 2021/22.

This document is part of a collection

Comparisons with other data sources

The Vulnerable Children’s and Adults collection

As part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a Vulnerable Children’s and Adults collection was established on a weekly basis which then moved to four weekly. These data are classed as management information and are not Official or National statistics. These data are used to monitor trends relating to vulnerable children and adults in Scotland and are published on this dashboard.

The wording of the ASP questions in the Vulnerable Children’s and Adults collection survey is different for ASP referrals, ASP investigations and ASP case conferences to this collection. The reason for the difference was to enable timely reporting, especially at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to differences in data and reporting, it is advised that these figures are not compared.

Comparing with other countries e.g., England and Wales

Given the data quality issues highlighted in this report and excel tables, it is not advised to compare these figures, even in a population rate format, with other countries.

As well as this, the legislative frameworks for safeguarding adults are different in other countries e.g., Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 and the Care Act 2014 (England).



If you, or someone you know, is at risk of harm we would advise contacting your local authority by email or phone and share your concerns – you can do so anonymously. The matter will be dealt with sensitively and confidentially, and support given if needed. You will be able to find details of your local authority on the Getting Help page of the Act Against Harm website.


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