Initial Briefing on Review by the HSE of “Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons” Policy

(12 Dec 2016)
  • The HSE are to commence a review of “Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse - National Policy and Procedures 2014.” The policy has been operational in all CHO areas since 2015 and key operational strengths, as well as challenges, have emerged.   The terms of reference for this review covers all aspects of the current policy and its operation, including scope, prevention, definitions and procedural systems.
  • A Review Development Group is currently being established and is scheduled to have its initial meeting on the 26th of January 2017.  The Review Development Group will have membership across the various sectors with involvement in adult safeguarding. This Review Group will agree the work plan of the review including consultation with stakeholders.   Dates for written submissions and focus groups will then be posted as widely as possible following the initial meeting of the Review Development Group. 
  • The National Safeguarding Office (NSO) will undertake the practical administrative tasks involved in the review, i.e., communicate with stakeholders, receive and collate feedback, answer queries, arrange meetings, etc. A communications plan will form part of the review process and briefing updates will be posted to the HSE Change Hub and the HSE Safeguarding web page  The National Safeguarding Office will circulate a regular briefing update to stakeholder groups. 
  • The final recommended policy revision will be agreed by HSE leadership.
  • A dedicated email for submission is being developed and will be operational early in the New Year.
  • Any further queries on the Review of the Safeguarding policy please contact

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