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.

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Future Plans

The current annual data is being reviewed and the development of an ASP minimum dataset is being taken forward by The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS). The aim is to have a shared understanding of information to generate more robust, meaningful and comparable data. The revised ASP minimum dataset includes the terminology changes from the Code of Practice (2022) update and is currently being tested, and rolled out, across Scotland. Once fully implemented the ASP minimum data set will replace the annual data returns. The revised ASP minimum dataset will provide a clearer picture of Adult Support and Protection in Scotland.

IRISS also produced a report 'Adult Support and Protection – Everyone’s Business' which aims to raise awareness of ASP and its important role and contribution in keeping ‘adults at risk’ safe. The report draws on a wide range of evidence, including national data from this report, which highlights key issues to consider when supporting and protecting adults at risk of harm and live issues going forward in a changing environment, with future implications for the sector. The report was published on the IRISS website on the same date as the ASP data stats release, Tuesday 9 May 2023.


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.


If you have any queries or feedback about this data release then please e-mail

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