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Action on Elder Abuse Scotland Annual Conference

Conference summary
When we think of elder abuse, the first response from many professionals is often the Adult Support and Protection framework. But although this may be an appropriate course of action for immediate support and protection from harm, the nature of this framework is inevitably reactive. Is it time for a more proactive approach? Can a better understanding of the causes of elder abuse aid our understanding of how to tackle the problem?

Action on Elder Abuse Scotland would like to start a national conversation on whether an understanding of the motivations for harming, abusing or neglecting older people can be incorporated into prevention and safeguarding policies and practice.

Join our engaging conference to contribute to the debate, share experiences, and find out about national and local developments in this area.

Who is this conference relevant for?
The conference will be of interest to anyone with an interest in older people and other vulnerable adults, including frontline & managerial staff in:

  • local authorities and other public sector bodies
  • third and independent sector agencies
  • criminal justice agencies
  • care providers
  • NHS and independent healthcare providers
  • the police and regulatory bodies
  • solicitors and other legal professionals
  • training providers and academics

Contributors and key themes


  • Keynote speaker: Christina McKelvie MSP (the new Minister for Older People and Equalities) discussing her priorities for her new role, the Scottish Government’s commitment to older people, and recent developments such as the draft strategy on tackling loneliness and social isolation
  • inspirational speaker, Lynn Harrison, discussing her elderly aunt’s experience of serious financial and psychological abuse at the hands of her carer, and Lynn’s fight for justice
  • SACRO: an update on the work of SACRO in safeguarding communities and reducing re-offending
  • Professor Alan Clarke: providing an overview of the Dewis Choice Project in Wales – a lottery-funded research project looking into different aspects of ageing, family relationships, elder abuse and justice
  • Disclosure Scotland – an overview of the Duty to Refer under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups scheme; and a preventative approach to identifying perpetrators of harm or abuse


  • Fife Women’s Aid: the differences between domestic abuse and elder abuse, dynamics and patterns of abuse, and sources of support
  • Ex-PG (Sandra McDonald): a preventative approach to tackling financial harm, and supporting those with reduced capacity to take part in the processes of safeguarding and accessing justice
  • Future Pathways: the impact of childhood abuse in later life
  • final two workshops to be confirmed

Format and fees:

The conference will run from 10am until 3.30pm, and will include a combination of presentations, discussion and interactive workshops. There will also be a range of exhibitors to showcase good practice and provide information.

Fees: AEA members: £33.60 (incl. VAT) Non-members: £42.00 (incl. VAT)

SPECIAL OFFER: Book places for 3 staff in the same organisation, and the 3rd person goes free!

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