Protecting the vulnerable

special protection workers who are responsible for keeping at risk adults, children and young people from harm are all working from one central point now.

More and more Lothian and Borders Police, Scottish Borders Council’s education and social work staff, and NHS Borders are coming together and taking a multi-agency approach in order to provide the best possible care for those who need it and this newly located team will be based at Easter Langlee Centre, in Marigold Drive, Galashiels, where there are better facilities for staff to interview clients and also provide training.

T/DCI Grant Dougall from Lothian and Borders Police said: “We are committed to protecting both adults and children at risk within the Scottish Borders.

“This move will further enhance the efficient and effective way we deliver our services to keep children, young people and adults at risk safe.

“The integration of these services will ensure our activity is informed by a systematic analysis of risk and targeted where it is needed most.”

SBC’s director of social work, Andrew Lowe agreed, saying: “Protecting people at risk from harm is a complex activity that relies on good and effective communication.

“These new premises in Langlee will provide a great asset and will greatly support agencies in working together.”

NHS Borders director of nursing and midwifery, Sheena Wright added: “Bringing the services together into one location shows the commitment of all agencies to working closely together to protect adults and children at risk of harm in our community.

“It will allow us to further develop and co-ordinate the delivery of the services we already provide to ensure that they meet the needs in our community as effectively as possible, now and in the future.”

If you are concerned about an adult please contact the SBC customer services helpline on 0300 100 1800 and select Option 4. If your concern relates to a child or young person, you should phone your local Integrated Children’s Service office: Berwickshire 01361 886115. In an emergency and out of office hours, telephone 01896 752111.