News – 2021

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...

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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...

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40% of Public don’t understand Coercive Control

Monday, March 1, 2021: 30% have witnessed coercive control and 13% have a personal experience Expanded laws on coercive control needed to protect more people, particularly the vulnerable Greater public awareness is needed of coercive control after new research...

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News – 2020

Strong public support for improved safeguarding laws

November 30th, 2020: Vast majority of public support establishing a national authority for safeguarding The vast majority of Irish adults believe that Ireland needs stronger safeguarding laws – and that a national authority should be established which is dedicated to...

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Call for strengthened measures for adult safeguarding

November 10th, 2020: Protection Order powers should be extended to HSE Safeguarding Teams Safeguarding Ireland has today called for strengthened safeguarding measures, including authority for the HSE to make Protection Order applications on behalf of vulnerable...

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12% have experienced adult abuse since start of COVID-19

October 5, 2020: One third (32%) of Adults report abuse during lifetime  Rise in cyber abuse during pandemic 12% of adults have experienced abuse since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, while 32% of adults report ever experiencing abuse or neglect. The...

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95% have not recorded plans for their future healthcare

June 2, 2020: The vast majority of Irish adults (95%) have not taken steps to record their future care wishes, however almost a quarter (23%) have been prompted to think about doing so because of COVID-19. The findings are contained in new research launched today by...

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News – 2019

News – 2018

Safeguarding Ireland supports FraudSMART campaign

November 12, 2018: Safeguarding Ireland was delighted to support the FraudSMART, National Fraud Awareness Week, campaign led by the Banking and Payments Federation Ireland, a Safeguarding Ireland member organisation. Lots of information is available on the website at...

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Roundtable on Advocacy hosted by Safeguarding Ireland

17 October, 2018: Safeguarding Ireland hosted a Roundtable on Advocacy attended by up to 100 experts and practitioners from across the social care, health and community sector. The purpose was to have an informed debate about advocacy services in Ireland – their...

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Allegations highlight need for safeguarding legislation

March 28, 2018: Reports of abuse of residents in a number centres for people with disability highlight the need for adult safeguarding legislation, the National Safeguarding Committee said today. The National Safeguarding Committee is a multi-agency forum aimed at...

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Review of wardship for adults in Ireland

January 18, 2018: The National Safeguarding Committee has called for the urgent commencement of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015, as a new report it publishes today finds the 19th century Wards of Court regime to be inadequate and archaic. The...

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News – 2017

Almost 8,000 cases of adult abuse concerns reported

June 12, 2017: Almost 8,000 cases of alleged abuse or neglect of adults were reported to the HSE in 2016 – the first-time annual figures for reported abuse of adults have been recorded. The figures record instances of alleged abuses or neglect of adults reported to...

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Public believes abuse of vulnerable adults is widespread

11 April, 2017: Half of all Irish adults say they have experienced the abuse of vulnerable adults either through being abused themselves or seeing somebody close to them abused, according to the results of new research being published today. The research, commissioned...

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