Scotland

Scotland

Challenging harm and abuse of older people

Welcome to Action on Elder Abuse Scotland

HIGHLIGHT:  Elder abuse is a crime, but it isn’t treated like one. If you think this is wrong then join our campaign for a new law. Click here.

On 15th June 2016 AEA launched a campaign to introduce a new aggravated offence of elder abuse. We published a detailed report outlining the failure of the current criminal justice system to adequately prosecute perpetrators of abuse, and the extent of lenient sentencing if such cases do reach the courts system. There are thousands of abuse crimes perpetrated against older people in the UK each year, and the majority never achieve justice. This needs to change. Please support our campaign.

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About Us

Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) Scotland works to protect vulnerable older people from harm and abuse. We support those experiencing (or at risk of) harm and abuse, as well as raising awareness and advocating effective prevention.

AEA Scotland is part of the UK-wide organisation, Action on Elder Abuse, who were the first charity to address elder abuse and the only charity in the UK working exclusively on this issue today. Find out more about what AEA does here.

AEA Scotland was established in May 2015 to provide a tailored service to older people, their families/carers and practitioners in Scotland. Our work is be very much in line with Scotland’s unique adult support and protection agenda, taking an inclusive and partnership approach as much as possible.


What do we do?

  • raise awareness of the wide range of harm and abuse experienced by older people, which includes physical, sexual, psychological, financial and neglect
  • provide advice and support to older people experiencing harm or abuse, and those who care for or are concerned about older people
  • promote research and projects relating to harm and abuse of older people
  • campaign for the best possible support and prevention framework

Our services

support-network  Our freephone elder abuse helpline       note   Scottish and UK-wide information materials and resources

community-group  Public consultation forums                     member  Conferences, events and training

discussion Newsletters and social media updates


To keep up to date with our services in Scotland as they develop, please sign up to our free newsletter here.

Our Staff

Contact Details

Action on Elder Abuse Scotland,
PO Box 29244, Dunfermline,
KY12 2EG

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Scotland

Challenging harm and abuse of older people Welcome to Action on Elder Abuse Scotland HIGHLIGHT:  Elder abuse is a crime, but it isn't treated like one. If you think this is wrong then join our cam...

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Become a Member

Become a member to get a range of fantastic benefits By becoming a member of Action on Elder Abuse, you’ll receive: our regular Scottish bulletin (and the Welsh and Northern Irish bullet...

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Become A Regular Donor

We continually need financial support to continue our work. Although we are as effective as many of the bigger charities, we receive only a fraction of their income. Help us continue to make a di...

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We really need your support to keep on doing what we do! You could run, cycle, trek, donate, or do a lot of other things to help us. By fundraising for us, you'll be helping us help those vuln...

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News

November 24, 2016

Helpline Volunteers (home-based): Action on Elder Abuse Scotland

Ever thought of helping people, but not sure what you could do? Do you enjoy chatting and listening to people, and providing emotional support? Do you have a few hours a week to spare to help ...

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November 9, 2016

Vacancy: Helpline Volunteers (home-based)

Helpline Volunteers (home-based): Action on Elder Abuse Scotland Ever thought of helping people, but not sure what you could do? Do you enjoy chatting and listening to people, and providing emot...

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April 19, 2016

Care home manager refused to help “pain in the backside” resident, court hears

A north care home manager dragged an elderly resident to her bed after a fall and withheld pain relief from another patient, a disciplinary hearing heard. Read more here.

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Conferences & Events

Elder Abuse Response Helpline - Scotland Launch

Join us for the official launch of our Scotland-specific Elder Abuse Response helpline   Building on the success of our well-established UK-wide Helpline, AEA Scotland are launching a new Scottish branch of this invaluable service. Callers from Scotland will be able to receive advice and support from dedicated local operators who have received extensive training on the unique Scottish support system. Our Helpline is available to anyone who may be concerned about harm and abuse of older people. Come along to: Find out about AEA’s work across the UK and exciting developments in Scotland Hear Shirley-Anne Somerville (MSP) speak about her commitment to supporting vulnerable older people and the work of AEA Scotland Hear from an older person about her perspective on older people’s fears and concerns about living in Scotland today Visit information stands Network with other organisations   This is a free event and open to all but you must book before attending! To book your place, please e-mail: scotland@elderabuse.org.uk or telephone Brian Rapley on: 07496323801

30th November 2016

10am to 12.30pm

Queensferry Fife Hotel, St Margaret's Head, North Queensferry Fife KY11 1HP

Resources

Scotland – Financial Harm

Resources

Guidance on how to protect yourself from financial harm The financial harm of older people is a growing problem, with perpetrators often being people that are in relationships of trust e.g. family, friends and neighbours.  Our new booklet helps you understand what is financial harm, and gives you straightforward advice on how to protect yourself. Download this useful resource for free: Financial Harm & Abuse booklet.

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AEA Scotland Information booklets

Resources

AEA Scotland has recently published two new booklets in partnership with Age Scotland. 'Keeping safe from harm and abuse' is a helpful guide for older people on the different types of harm and abuse, tips on protecting yourself and, information on what older people can do it they are experiencing harm, abuse or neglect. The second booklet 'Are you worried an older person is being harmed or abused?' will be useful for anyone concerned about an older person, and includes information on spotting the signs of abuse, helping people understand why an older person might be reluctant to speak up, and what they can do to help. You can download both booklets here:

Are you worried an older person is being harmed or abused?

Keeping safe from harm and abuse

Welcome to Action on Elder Abuse

We work to protect and prevent the abuse of vulnerable older adults and by doing so we also protect other adults a risk of abuse. We are the first charity to address these problems and are the only charity in the United Kingdom working exclusively on the issue today. Consequently, when you provide support to us, or make a donation, you can be sure that it will be only be used on issues relating to elder abuse and nothing else.

Our work is fundamental to challenging elder abuse:

We constantly need financial support to continue our activities. Although we are as effective as many of the bigger charities, we receive only a fraction of their income. Help us continue to make a difference by making a donation today. There are a variety of ways to do this: you can donate on your mobile phone, visit our Just Giving page, or click on the ‘Donate Now’ tab to find out more options. Together we can end elder abuse.

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