Adults

Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse National Policy & Procedures

The National Safeguarding Policy sets out a number of principles which promote the independence and rights of adults who may be vulnerable and also outlines the procedures to be followed if there are concerns of abuse and / or neglect of a vulnerable adult.  The Policy provides details on a number of structures to be developed in order to support the safeguarding agenda.  Since the Policy was officially launched in late 2014 the National Federation has been working at both at a national level with other key stakeholders and with its membership to support this area of work.

National Safeguarding Office

National Safeguarding Policy 

 

HSE National Implementation Task Force on the Safety of Vulnerable People in Residential Disability Service 

Breda Crehan-Roche, Chairman and Brian O’Donnell, Chief Executive represent the National Federation on the above Task Force which is charged with implementation of a 6 point action Plan which includes the organisation of a series of HSE Summits.

Empowering and Safeguarding Vulnerable People in Residential Centres

 

National Safeguarding Committee 

The overarching remit of the National Safeguarding Committee (NSC) is to ‘…support the development of a societal and organisational culture which promotes the rights of persons who may be vulnerable and safeguards them from abuse’, National Safeguarding Committee, Strategic Plan 2017-2021, November 2016).  The NSC, chaired by Ms. Patricia Rickard Clarke, is a multi-agency and inter-sectoral body which recognises that safeguarding vulnerable persons requires agencies to work collaboratively.  Mr. Brian O’Donnell, Chief Executive, represents National Federation members on the Committee.  Link to NSC Website

The main areas of work which this group will concentrate its efforts on over a 5-year period are:

  • Raising public awareness and understanding
  • Supporting and promoting the protection of people’s rights
  • Informing and influencing government policy
  • Building the Committee’s capacity and capability

National Safeguarding Committee Strategic Plan 2017-2021

 

Public Awareness Campaign

In June 2017 an adult safeguarding public awareness campaign was launched by the National Safeguarding Committee – a number of campaign graphics and radio adverts have been developed by the NSC and these can be accessed via the National Safeguarding Committee's Website - www.safeguardingcommittee.ie 

Further information is here

 

HSE / Umbrella Groups Safeguarding Reference Group

The HSE, the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies, the Disability Federation of Ireland and the Not-For-Profit Association established a Reference Group in relation to the HSE’s Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse – National Policy and Procedures. The group aims to:

  • Provide leadership and direction in safeguarding vulnerable adults from abuse and promoting their rights.
  • Support all Service Providers in the implementation of the Policy.
  • Identify impediments to the ongoing implementation and application of the Policy and recommend any corrective action.
  • Evaluate the implementation of the HSE’s Safeguarding Policy across all agencies providing Services to People with Disability.
  • Participate in a formal review of the Policy.

The National Federation is represented on the HSE Safeguarding Reference Group by Mr. Michael Flood Brothers of Charity Services, Mr. Tom Hughes-Western Care Association and Ms. Jillian Sexton, National Federation Secretariat.

POBAL

‘People First: Safeguarding – National to Local Project’: 

The National Federation, St. Michael’s House, and the Open Training College, have developed an online safeguarding module.  Funding for the Project was made available following a successful application to Pobal - Dormant Accounts Fund. 

The online safeguarding module seeks to provide information on organisations responsibilities in terms of safeguarding, definitions and types of abuse; organisational culture; responsibilities of staff; and procedures for dealing with concerns and allegations of abuse.

For further information please contact Jillian Sexton, National Federtion at jillian.sexton@fedvol.ie or Raymond Watson, Open Training College at raymond.watson@opentrainingcollege.com

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