Safeguarding Ireland – Key Documents

HIQA & Safeguarding Ireland (2019) – Guidance on a Human Rights-based Approach in Health and Social Care Services. 

Review of current practice in the use of wardship for adults in Ireland (2017) – Safeguarding Ireland.


National Safeguarding Committee (Safeguarding Ireland) (2016) – Strategic Plan 2017-2021.

Link to the Think Ahead website developed by the Forum on the End-of-Life in Ireland where the materials are housed.

Safeguarding Ireland – Red C Research

Red C Research 2019: Witnessing of abuse and what would reduce aduse.

Red C Research 2018: Planning ahead to reduce risk of abuse.


Red C Research 2017: Baseline Research.

Safeguarding Ireland – Position Documents

Financial Abuse

Banking & Payments Federation Ireland & Safeguarding Ireland – research 2019.

Banking & Payments Federation Ireland – Guide to safeguarding your money.

‘The Older Adult Financial Exploitation Measure’ – tested in an Irish context.

Financial Abuse of Older People: A Review – UCD, NCPOP, HSE. (2012)

Sector Reports

Falling Through the Cracks – commissioned by Senator Colette Kelleher (2019).

National Standards for Adult Safeguarding – HIQA and MHC (2019).

Department of Social Protection (2017) – Information on Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

Irish Council of Civil Liberties (2016) – Know Your Rights: A Guide for Older People

Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland (2014) – Protecting our Older People in Northern Ireland

HSE and UCD National Centre for the Protection of Older People (2012)

National Safeguarding Office – Annual Reports

HSE National Safeguarding Office – 2018 Safeguarding Data Report

HSE National Safeguarding Office – 2017 Safeguarding Data Report

HSE National Safeguarding Office – 2016 Safeguarding Data Report

Safeguarding Ireland – Advocacy Roundtable 2018

Independent Advocacy Scoping Document written by Dr. Michael Browne, October 2018.

Advocacy Roundtable, Dr. Michael Browne presentation, October 2018.

Advocacy Roundtable, Patricia Rickard Clarke presentation, October 2018.

Advocacy Roundtable, Phelim Quinn presentation, October 2018.


Safeguarding Ireland does not deal with specific cases of abuse, or alleged abuse.

The HSE has a social work service that you can contact if you have a concern about a vulnerable adult who may be at risk of abuse. There are nine teams located throughout the country. You can find information on how to get in touch with them on the Contact page.

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