Joint inspection of Adult Support and Protection in Falkirk

A new inspection report has commended the practices and processes in place to ensure adults at risk of harm are safe, protected and supported in Falkirk.

The inspection, one of many taking place across Scotland, was jointly carried out by the Care Inspectorate, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS).

Reporting to Scottish Government ministers, the inspection programme ensures local authorities, health boards and Health and Social Care Partnerships are working together to provide effective processes and leadership.

A review of recent casework in the area highlighted how a “diligent and energetic” strategic vision for adult protection underpinned the “robust and responsive” approach teams applied to their work during the pandemic.

Patricia Cassidy, Chief Officer, Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership said: “Colleagues should be proud of the findings in this report, which shines a spotlight on an engaged and enthusiastic workforce.

“Staff and partners will continue to work collaboratively to protect adults in Falkirk against harm, building on the positive outcomes already achieved.

“I wish to thank every colleague who took part in the inspection process, which I know will have added further scrutiny to a challenging workload during a time of significant pressure.”

Alan Small, Chair of Falkirk’s Adult Protection Committee added: “The joint-inspection provides independent assurance to our local communities that organisations are working together to protect adults at risk of harm living in our area. I look forward to working with Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership to implement a new improvement plan to further improve our protection processes.”

The report recommended six areas of improvement, covering recording processes and further opportunities for joint-working.

The findings and recommendations have been welcomed by chief officers and lead partners in Falkirk and the local Forth Valley area, who have thanked all staff working to keep adults who are vulnerable and at risk safe.

Cathie Cowan, Chief Executive, NHS Forth Valley, commented: “I look forward to further strengthening our approach to ensuring adults at risk of harm are safe, protected and supported in the local area. A new Adult Protection Lead Officer for NHS Forth Valley will drive improvements in this vital area of work, support local colleagues and help build on the positive results already achieved from the hard work and commitment of staff across the area.”

Chief Superintendent Alan Gibson, Police Scotland said: “The development of the new improvement plan will ensure all partners, including Police Scotland, build on these strong foundations for continuing improvement and with a sense of confidence in our services.”

The final report is available on the Care Inspectorate website,

What is harm?

Many vulnerable adults rely on others to help them with day-to-day living. Sometimes, this can increase the risk of financial crime, physical or sexual abuse, and neglect.

A joined-up approach across our services protects people from these types of harm.

You can learn more about adult support and protection on the Scottish Government’s Act Against Harm website.