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Elder Abuse Services in Ireland

Ireland has a highly developed and effective system in place to combat elder abuse. The Elder Abuse Service, run by the Health Service Executive (HSE), comprises:

  • a dedicated staffing structure throughout the country,
  • unified data collection,
  • national and regional oversight mechanisms,
  • a research facility and awareness and training programmes.

HSE website – Elder Abuse in Ireland

In 2002, we published Protecting Our Future, The Report of the Working Group on Elder Abuse (2002). This Report made a number of recommendations on how elder abuse should be identified and managed.  This Report continues to inform and provide a framework for the implementation of elder abuse policy in the Irish context.

A Review of the implementation of Government policy on elder abuse was conducted in 2009 and found that progress was most evident and pronounced in the health sector.  Read the review here.