Joint Inspection of Adult Support and Protection

Published: 20th October 2022

We have welcomed the publication of the Joint Scottish Borders Adult Support and Protection Inspection report, issued by the Care Inspectorate on 18 October 2022.

Strengths highlighted in the report include:

  • improved outcomes for adults at risk of harm through the provision of effective adult support and protection practice by knowledgeable, competent, and confident staff
  • high quality and effective risk assessment and management of risks
  • collaborative, cohesive and decisive strategic leadership for adult support and protection
  • impressive and effective multi-agency working.

Adult Support and Protection is a multi-agency responsibility undertaken by ourselves, NHS Borders and Police Scotland, overseen by a combined Public Protection Committee.

Stuart Easingwood, Director of Social Work & Practice and Chief Social Work Officer

“I am absolutely delighted with this outcome which is a significant achievement and gives assurance that Scottish Borders Council continues to make significant progress in how the Council, along with partners, protects and supports those who are most vulnerable in our communities.” 

David Robertson, CEO (acting)

“The positive findings highlighted in this report reflect the hard work and focus of local authority, health, and police colleagues, and our third and independent sector partners in providing a safe, secure and trusted environment for adults at risk of harm in the Scottish Borders.

"Our focus remains on ensuring that these high standards are maintained and that the ‘highly effective whole-system approach to continuous improvement’ recognised by the Inspectors continues.

"We will continue to look at ways in which we can improve service delivery, and deliver positive outcomes for those most vulnerable and at risk in our communities."

More information

The report is available to download from the Care Inspectorate website