Easy read

Using an Easy Read format makes information easier for everyone to understand.  ‘Easy read’ means writing things down clearly using simple language, short sentences and using pictures or symbols.

An Easy Read version of the Adult Support and Protection Act is available.

See the links below for a range of information:




One of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 principles is that the adult should be given information and support to help them participate as fully as possible in the adult protection process.

Advocacy is one way the adult at risk can be:

  • at the centre of discussions
  • be fully included
  • helped to understand what is happening, and
  • have his or her voice heard. 

‘How can an advocate support me at Adult Protection meetings? is a booklet developed with Circles Advocacy and the Adult Support and Protection Committee.  It explains how advocacy will support you to speak up about things that are important to you.

Further information on advocacy and advocacy services is available at: www.fifeadvocacyforum.org.uk/ and in the Easy Read Advocacy in Fife booklet.


Being a Member of the Adult Support and Protection Committee

Our booklet  'Being a member of the ASPC' gives information about what people do when they are members of the Adult Support and Protection Committee.  There is also an easy read booklet explaining information sharing.


Disability Hate Crime

The Adult Support and Protection Committee have a booklet called: Disability Hate Crime.  It has been adapted from information by Inclusion Scotland and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.  Their info includes a booklet Stopping the Harassment of Disabled People, which is also available in an Easy Read version.  The Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability has created a 'Disability Hate Crime: What to Do Guide' for people with a learning disability and Tackling Disability Hate Crime: Resources - SCLD.

The ARC booklet  'Safety Net - Friend or Fake?' provides easy read guidance about 'Mate Crime'.  The Action Against Cruelty website is an English site, so Scottish law will be different, but the site provides excellent easy read information explaining what disability hate crime is, and provides further useful links.  The Enable the Change campaign challenges the use of abusive language and the bullying of people with learning disabilities.


Domestic Abuse

Fife Adult Support and Protection Committee in partnership with Fife Violence Against Women Partnership have developed an easy read Domestic Abuse booklet.  It is designed to be read at your own pace, with someone who supports you. 

It tells you what domestic abuse is; what are the different types of abuse; who you can tell and what to do.  

You can also find information on the Domestic Abuse page of the Violence Against Women Partnership.


Forced Marriage

Easy Read Information on Forced Marriage is available in Community Languages  ArabicBengaliCantoneseEnglishIndian PunjabiPakistani PunjabiPolish and Urdu.


Harm Information

Seen Something?  Say Something  easy read booklet explains the different types of harm, and how to get help and support.


Internet Safety

The Adult Support & Protection Committee has worked in partnership with Stop It Now! Scotland to produce two new easy read resources.

‘What am I looking at online?’ gives advice to adults at risk of internet offending as a consequence of accessing and distributing child abuse imagery, when their understanding of the implications of their actions is limited or absent due to a learning disability or problem with cognition.  

‘I’ve made a new friend online.  But I’m worried.  What do I do?’ gives advice about grooming, sexting, sharing images and information, and how to get support and help if this is happening to you.  Request paper copies from: shona.mcewan@fife.gov.uk or call 03451 55 55 55 ext 442134.

Fife Child Protection information is available here.  If you consider a child(ren) or young person to be in IMMEDIATE danger, DO NOT wait, call the Police on 999.  If it is not an emergency call the Police on 101 or call Social Work on 03451 551503 or e-mail: sw.contactctr@fife.gov.uk.  If you need advice in the evening or at weekends, contact a social worker on the Out of Hours number 03451 550099


Stop it Now! Scotland is a child sexual abuse prevention campaign.  Their Helpline is available for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse.  Callers do not need to give identifying information.  Call 0131 556 3535 (available from 9am-9pm Monday to Thursday and 9am-5pm Fridays) or email: scotland@stopitnow.org.uk Outwith these hours you can call the National UK Helpline on: 0808 1000 900.

Online help is available https://get-help.stopitnow.org.uk/ where individuals and family members can anonymously and confidentially access online modules to help stop problematic online behaviour.  Stop It Now! Scotland resources include:

What we need to know to protect our children  provides the information we all need to recognise the warning signs of abuse and to build the confidence to do something about it.

The internet and children. What's the problem? encourages people to question their own use of the new technologies and to seek advice.



If you're not confident about using the internet, the SafetyNet booklets ‘Scams and Shopping' and ‘Security and Sharing' give you information about staying safe online.

The website: www.safernet.org.uk also has lots of advice for people with learning disabilities, and those who support them.   The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities Easy Read guide 'Staying safe on social media, and online' provides tips on writing a safe profile, using Skype and webcams safely, and advice on emails, Facebook and Twitter.  The CHANGE easy read guide 'Keeping Safe Online' looks at different types of online abuse you can experience and what to do if you feel unsafe.


Keeping Safe

'Who can help me to stay safe?' gives information on Adult Support and Protection, Fife Cares visits, the 'Safe, Secure & Supported at Home' service, community alarms and telecare, Fife Falls response service, and fire safety visit.  The Adult Support & Protection Committee has co-produced the booklet with Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, Safer Communities and Health & Social Care Partnership Home Care. 

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities Easy Read Guide Staying Safe Out and About gives advice on keeping safe at home, at work, when out and about, and keeping safe from Mate Crime.

The Scottish Ambulance Service booklet  'How to send a text in an emergency' gives advice on how to register for the emergency sms service.


Keeping Your Money Safe

‘The booklets ‘Keeping Your Money Safe’ and ‘Financial Harm – Scams' give advice on financial harm, mate crime, scams, bogus callers, power of attorney and cash machines.  Barclays Money Skills have created the 'Banking Made Clear' guide and Resource pack to help support workers who work with people with learning disabilities to put together and run successful money management sessions.  The United Response website has a series of six easy read booklets on Making Money Easier which provide basic explanations for all things finance and money related.  It includes advice about choosing and using a bank account, a glossary on common banking terms, tips on budgeting and a guide to help people live independently

Mental Health

The Easy Read Anxiety Guide looks at what anxiety is, how it makes us feel, and what to do when we start to feel anxious.  Feeling Down: Looking after my mental health is an Easy Read guide about how to keep yourself feeling mentally well. There are sheets for you to fill in about your mental health and information for visiting your doctor.

Look after your mental health in later life is a booklet from The Mental Health Foundation for people in their 60s who are approaching retirement or who have recently retired from work.  It gives practical ways to protect your mental health.


Sexual Abuse

Fife Adult Support and Protection Committee in partnership with Fife Violence Against Women Partnership have developed an Easy Read Sexual Abuse resource.  It is designed to be read at your own pace, with someone who supports you. 

It tells you what sexual abuse is; what are the different types of abuse; who you can tell and what to do.  You can also find information on the Sexual Violence page of the Violence Against Women Partnership.


What is Adult Support and Protection?

Fife Adult Support and Protection Committee (ASPC) has worked with service user groups to create information to support an adult at risk to participate fully in any adult protection process. This was based on their experience and questions they had about the process. We hope that the answers to their questions will help others to know and understand what adult protection is.

Over a set of four leaflets a different part of the process is explained. The set is called “What is Adult Support and Protection?”

Leaflet one covers: Social Work said I’m an adult at risk.  What does that mean? (Easy Read).  Plain text version.

Leaflet two covers: Social Work said I’m an adult at risk – what happens next? (Easy Read).  Plain text version.

Leaflet three covers: Social Work are coming to visit me – what are my rights(Easy Read).  Plain text version.

Leaflet four covers: I’ve been invited to an Adult Case Conference – what’s that(Easy Read).  Plain text version.

The information has been developed in plain English and easy read formats. They can be used as a set or individually.




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