Adult Safeguarding

Adult Safeguarding in the Health Sector

Adult SafeguardingThe safety and protection of all adults who may be at risk of harm or abuse is an important priority for the Government. A framework of policies and procedures for the safeguarding of adults who may be at risk of abuse, harm and exploitation within the health sector is in place, and further measures are being developed to strengthen this framework.

In December 2017 the Government approved the development of a national adult safeguarding policy for the health sector. The policy will apply across the wide spectrum of the health sector, i.e. in the public, private and voluntary sectors. The development of this policy is under way, assisted by a Steering Group which will continue its work throughout 2019. It is expected that the national health sector policy, when developed and approved, will be the basis for appropriate underpinning legislation.

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