Decision Support Service – draft Codes of Practice

Draft Codes relating to commencement of the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity Act) from mid-2022 have been published. The deadline for submissions in response to the draft Codes is 5pm Friday 7th January, 2022.  To provide feedback, people or organisation can log on to the Decision Support Service website and respond here. On Supported Decision Making and […]

Support encouraged for international day of persons with disabilities

Friday, December 3, 2021. Need for improved safeguarding of people with disabilities highlighted Safeguarding Ireland is today supporting International Day of Persons with Disabilities – and also encouraging greater safeguarding of people with disabilities. An estimated one billion of the world’s seven billion people, or approximately 15 per cent, live with some form of disability with 80 […]

Public encouraged to share any useful information on ‘National Missing Persons Day’

Wednesday, December 1, 2021. Safeguarding Ireland is today supporting ‘National Missing Persons Day’, an initiative of the Department of Justice. There are 850 missing persons in Ireland, including 40 people so far this year, and today Safeguarding Ireland encouraged people to find out more and to be aware of this issue. The aims of the […]


Friday November 19, 2021. Just a third understand ‘Adult Safeguarding’ New drive to strengthen awareness of Adult Safeguarding Two thirds of people are aware of ‘adult safeguarding’, but just a third correctly understand what it means –  according to new RED C research announced today. The research has been launched for Ireland’s first-ever Adult Safeguarding […]

Call to support first-ever Adult Safeguarding Day this Friday

Tuesday November 16, 2021. Inaugural awareness day this week on Adult Safeguarding Ireland’s first-ever Adult Safeguarding Day public awareness event will take place this Friday, November 19. The event is being coordinated by Safeguarding Ireland – in partnership with organisations across the health, social, financial and justice sectors. The aim is to raise a greater […]

Call for Progress on Adult Safeguarding Legislation

Thursday, October 28 2021. Safeguarding Ireland has today called for progress on strengthened adult safeguarding measures – including primary legislation and planning for a National Safeguarding Authority. The call comes following today’s launch of the HSE National Safeguarding Office (NSO) Annual Report 2020, which reported 10,216 cases of alleged adult abuse. Safeguarding Ireland Chairperson Patricia Rickard-Clarke […]

Support for Safeguarding Reviews following death of Homeless People

Wednesday, October 27 2021. Statement: At a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage on 24th June this year, Dr. Austin O’Carroll called for adult safeguarding reviews where deaths of people experiencing homelessness occurred, in order to try to learn from what happened with a view to improving services. Safeguarding Ireland would […]

Call for improved safeguarding of people with disabilities

September 13, 2021. More than a third do not think people with disabilities have equal rights 40% say not enough support for decision making of people with disabilities 75% favour stronger laws to better safeguard people with disabilities The rights of people with disabilities are not adequately respected and upheld in Ireland, according to a new […]

Concerns regarding Nursing Homes highlight need for an independent Safeguarding Authority

Tuesday, July 13 2021. Adult Safeguarding Legislation required to tackle Nursing Homes concerns Statement from Safeguarding Ireland Chairperson, Patricia Rickard-Clarke “Safeguarding Ireland has concerns in relation to the safeguarding issues identified in nursing homes during the COVID-19 crisis that have come to light through various sources, and most recently the RTE Primetime programme aired on […]

86% want laws on Coercive Control expanded

May 10, 2021. 41% would not know what to do if they witnessed Coercive Control The public overwhelmingly favours laws on coercive control being expanded – and a significant number would not know what to do if they encountered coercive control. The findings are contained in research commissioned by Safeguarding Ireland and carried out by […]

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