Organisations encouraged to sign up to new Safeguarding Charter

Voluntary Charter an ‘opportunity’ for better Safeguarding A wide range of organisations are being encouraged to sign up to a new voluntary Safeguarding Charter – launched by Safeguarding Ireland following extensive consultation. The Charter provides agencies, charities, care providers and businesses with an opportunity to reflect on and strengthen their approach to adult safeguarding – […]

New Strategic Plan puts focus on legislation and a safeguarding Authority

Safeguarding Ireland has this month (April) launched a new Strategic Plan running from the present time to 2025. It is the organisation’s second Strategic Plan and the two key components of the Plan are: 1) the introduction of adult safeguarding legislation in Ireland 2) the establishment of an independent over-arching National Safeguarding Authority.  Safeguarding Ireland […]

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 […]


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 […]