Rutherglen Glencairn Football Club


Adult Wellbeing & Protection Policy




Rutherglen Glencairn Football Club is an inclusive organisation; safeguarding the wellbeing and protection of vulnerable and protected adults is both a moral responsibility and a legal duty of care. We welcome adults to participate in our sport. We also include those who may or may not be protected or may or may not be vulnerable adults under the guidance provided by Scottish Government. We will ensure that everyone in our sport understands and accepts their responsibilities to safeguard adults at risk of abuse from harm and abuse. This means taking action to report any concerns about their physical, mental or emotional wellbeing. It is not the responsibility of Rutherglen Glencairn Football Club to determine whether or not abuse or harm has taken place, this is the domain of the professionals. Effective information sharing, collaboration and understanding between agencies and professionals are key elements in adult protection. Although Social Work services are the lead agency in working with those who are vulnerable to abuse, protecting adults from harm is not the sole responsibility of any one agency.


A person aged 18 years or over may be considered to be a Protected Adult if he / she receives one, or all of the following:

  • Accommodation and nursing or personal care in a care home
  • Personal care, nursing, or support to live independently in his / her own home
  • Health or social care services
  • Services provided by an establishment catering for a person with a learning disability
  • If person is attending a discrete sports session/club/event

And in consequence of one, or a combination of the following:

  • A substantial learning or physical disability
  • A reduction in physical or mental capacity due to advanced age, illness or injury

A person is also considered to be protected if he/she is either

  • Dependent on others in performing or assisting himself/herself in the performance of basic physical functions, or
  • His/her ability to communicate with those providing services, or to communicate with others is severely impaired.

Not everyone who participates in our sport will have this level of protection under the guidance, however it is important to recognise any adult may become vulnerable and need protection. For those who are vulnerable the Adult Support and Protection Act 2007 provides clarity on the definition. The following is a definition of an Adult at Risk of Harm, and includes those who self-harm or who may be at risk of self-neglect.


The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 defines “adults at risk” as individuals, aged 16 years or over, who:

  • Are unable to safeguard their own well-being, property, rights or other interests, and
  • Are at risk of harm; and
  • Because they are affected by disability, mental disorder, illness or physical or mental infirmity

are more vulnerable to being harmed than others who are not so affected.

An Adult is at risk of Harm if

  • another person's conduct is causing (or is likely to cause) the adult to be harmed, or
  • the adult is engaging (or is likely to engage) in conduct which causes (or is likely to cause) self-harm.


Does this person is meet the criteria of an adult at risk?

Why are they at risk of Harm?

Do they have vulnerabilities?

And if so, what are they?

What action needs to be taken in order to protect that person from harm?

Has someone harmed them or you suspect they are being harmed? This information would be needed to inform a decision or assessment about help.

Adults have the right to protection from all forms of harm and abuse but it is more complex because of everyone has a right to choose how they live free from intervention by others. The first step is to talk to the person and tell them what you are concerned about. If you don’t feel they are safe, or able to keep themselves safe it might be time to talk to someone else. Organisations should work together to understand if the adult is at risk and whether harm is evident.


The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 (ASP) introduced new provisions intended to protect those adults who are unable to safeguard their own interests, such as those affected by disability, mental disorder, illness or physical or mental infirmity, and who are at risk of harm or self-harm, including neglect. The main difference between protection of adults and children is that the legislation for adults promotes a balance between the individual’s right to self-determination and intervention by agencies.

Rutherglen Glencairn Football Club considers that our role is to identify any concerns about harm to a vulnerable adult and report it to professionals who will make a decision about this balance between rights and intervention. The Mental Health Care and Treatment (Scotland) Act 2003 provides that individuals with a mental health condition are entitled to services to support them. This legislation works in tandem with the legislation to protect adults. Some adults can become more vulnerable through periods of their lives than they might otherwise be because of impairments to their mental or physical wellbeing. This does not necessarily make the individual vulnerable, however various circumstances maybe impacting on the individual that make them move vulnerable to exploitation or harm. The complexities of whether an individual is being abused or subjecting themselves to self-harm or neglect are for professionals. Our advice is to share the concerns with those concerned and professionals that can assist. Sport is a positive and nurturing environment that has a beneficial impact on health of the individuals that participate. Many health and social care partnerships recognise the benefits of improved activity and have prescribed activities to increase wellbeing. This might bring closer involvement with our local organisations and clubs.


Responding to Concerns About Adults

  • Identify any information that determines whether the adult is protected or vulnerable.
  • Identify what risks are evident in the situation.
  • Discuss the concerns with the person concerned and establish whether they consider themselves at risk in the situation.
  • Assess whether the risks outweigh the person’s ability to remain safe.
  • Explore their views in respect of seeking help from beyond the organisation.

Remember adult support and protection is not the same as Child Protection. Try to advise the individual you have concerns about that you want to do something to help them.


As part of our commitment to the Wellbeing and Protection of vulnerable adults, The Club has appointed a chaplain through the Scottish FA’s chaplaincy service. Our chaplain is Reverend Neil H. Miller of Stonelaw Parish Church in Rutherglen (Disclosure Scotland certificate number 200000007683869, PVG certificate number 1702 2265 1364 0351).


The Club has implemented a strict appointment and selection procedure relating to all persons in regulated work with “protected adults”.

In addition to ensuring that all persons involved in such work are suitably qualified (Disclosure Scotland and PVG required) and recommended by a third party, The club should complete and maintain the record below for every person involved in such work.