Press Release

Launch of the National Policy and Procedure for Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse

Minister Kathleen Lynch today, 5th December 2014, launched the National Policy and Procedure for Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse, the aim of which is to provide a consistent approach to safeguarding and protecting both the elderly and persons with a disability at risk of abuse.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Lynch, who has responsibility for Disabilities and Older Care said, “I would like to compliment the HSE’s Social Care division for their work on this policy which concludes months of extensive consultation with various organisations and agencies”.

The policy and procedure is underpinned by a number of principles, including respect for human rights, person centredness, culture, advocacy, confidentiality, empowerment and collaboration.  The document emphasises the importance of collaboration with vulnerable persons and considering the wishes and needs of vulnerable persons in relation to decisions taken.


“We have a responsibility to take all cases of alleged and suspected abuse seriously and I am confident that this policy provides a clear framework to ensure the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable persons across Disability and Older Person Services”, concluded Minister Lynch.

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