Enactment of Safeguarding Laws needed for citizens to benefit from new policies

December 11, 2019: Safeguarding Ireland has urged the enactment of new Adult Safeguarding legislation, to better protect vulnerable adults and reduce abuse. Speaking at high-level workshop today to launch and discuss a new report Falling Through the Cracks: The Case for Change, Key Developments and Next Steps for Adult Safeguarding in Ireland, commissioned by Senator Colette Kelleher, Safeguarding […]

Legislation and regulation needed to underpin new safeguarding standards

December 4th, 2019: Safeguarding Ireland today welcomed the launch of new Standards to improve safeguards for adults using health and social care services, but said legislation and regulation are needed to underpin it. National Standards for Adult Safeguarding were launched today and jointly developed by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and the Mental […]

PUBLIC AWARENESS: 20% of Irish adults have experience of financial abuse

Monday, November 25, 2019: Need for much greater awareness of risks of financial abuse. Call for all adults to plan ahead to safeguard finances. Up to 20% of adults have experience of financial abuse, however many older adults still do not think that it could happen to them – according to new research commissioned by […]

Legislation needed to underpin Human Rights in health and social services

November 13th, 2019: Safeguarding Ireland today welcomed the publication of Guidance on upholding Human Rights in Irish health and social care settings, but said legislation is urgently needed to underpin it. Guidance on a Human Rights-based Approach in Health and Social Care Services was published today by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) with support from Safeguarding […]

Safeguarding Ireland calls for more legal powers for HSE Safeguarding Teams

October 16th, 2019: Safeguarding Ireland has today called for the HSE Safeguarding Teams to have increased legal powers – including authority to make applications to court for Protection Orders on behalf of vulnerable adults. The call comes following today’s announcement of the 2018 Annual Report of the HSE National Safeguarding Office which reported 11,780 adult safeguarding concerns received […]

Safeguarding Ireland calls for State Supports to encourage more Adults to ‘Think Ahead’

September 16, 2019: Budget 2020 – Call for national scheme to increase Enduring Powers of Attorney  Safeguarding Ireland today called for the introduction of a State Scheme in Budget 2020 to encourage more Adults put in place Enduring Powers of Attorney and Advance Healthcare Directives. Safeguarding Ireland said more people ‘Thinking Ahead’ would help to reduce […]

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