Safeguarding Ireland – Key Documents

Review of current practice in the use of wardship for adults in 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 2017: Baseline Research.

Safeguarding Ireland Red C Research 2018: Planning ahead for the future to reduce risk of abuse.


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

Safeguarding Ireland – Positions

Financial Abuse

Banking & Payments Federation Ireland information leaflet. Guide to Safeguarding your Money now and in the Future.

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

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

Further Reports

HSE National Safeguarding Office – 2017 Safeguarding Data Report

HSE National Safeguarding Office – 2016 Safeguarding Data Report

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

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

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)

Safeguarding Ireland – Advocacy Roundtable

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.

Advocacy Roundtable, Dr. Shaun O’Keeffe 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.