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Adult Safeguarding

Published: 28 June 2019
From: Department of Health


The safety and protection of vulnerable people is a key objective of Government and society.

The government’s decision acknowledges the need to build further on the existing range of policies, procedures, codes of practice and legislation aimed at protecting and safeguarding vulnerable adults in the health sector in Ireland.

Read the press release about the National Adult Safeguarding Policy developed for the health sector.

Read the Steering Group Documentation here.

Department of Health Steering Group

The members of the Department of Health Steering Group are as follows:

    Member Organisation
    Dr Kathleen Mac Lellan (Chair) Department of Health
    Mr Niall Redmond Department of Health (Health sector adult safeguarding policy)
    Dr Colette Bonner Department of Health (Office of the Chief Medical Officer / NPSO)
    Mr Tim Hanly HSE (National Safeguarding Office)
    Mr James Gorman HSE (Patients' Private Property Accounts Central Unit)
    Mr JP Nolan HSE (Quality & Patient Safety - Community Healthcare)
    Ms Margaret Brennan HSE (Quality & Patient Safety – Acute Operations)
    Ms Cornelia Stuart HSE (Quality Assurance and Verification)
    Mr Pat Benson Public interest representative
    Superintendent Kevin Daly An Garda Síochána
    Mr Ian Kelleher Department of Justice and Equality
    Ms Ginny Hanrahan Health & Social Care Regulatory Forum
    Ms Rosemary Smyth Mental Health Commission
    Ms Mary Dunnion Health Information and Quality Authority
    Ms Gráinne Morrissey Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Terms of Reference and Engagement

Steering Group to assist the Department of Health in developing a national health sector adult safeguarding policy.


Steering Group Policy Discussion Papers and Presentations


Health Adult Safeguarding Consultation Oct 2019 - Output Pack

Resources and Links

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