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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Large Scale Investigations

A large scale investigation may be required where an adult who is a resident of a care home, supported accommodation, a NHS hospital ward or other facility, or receives services in their own home has been referred as at risk of harm and where investigation indicates that the risk of harm could be due to another resident, a member of staff or some failing or deficit in the management, regime, or environment of the establishment or service.

In 2021/22, there were 83 large scale investigations (LSI) in Scotland whereas there were 60 LSIs in 2019/20 and 50 in 2020/21. The coronavirus outbreak may have affected these figures e.g. inspections were paused or reduced during this period and, as a result, issues may have been raised at a later point. An increase in ASP awareness may also have contributed to the increase in LSIs; through National ASP Day awareness campaigns and local ASP training and awareness raising.

Similar to referrals and investigations, the criteria for when a Large Scale Investigation has commenced is defined locally, which has a direct impact on the consistency of data received nationally. Therefore, caution should be used when interpreting these figures.


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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