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The National Safeguarding Committee will lead on encouraging an organisational and societal culture which promotes the rights of adults who may be vulnerable and it insists on zero tolerance for abuse.  It will provide strategic guidance to the Government, the HSE, and other national stakeholders. 

Since we were established we have been working on the development of a strategic plan for 2017 – 2021, preparing for a public awareness campaign and making a strong case for legislation on safeguarding.  Progress is being made and this website will keep you informed and act as a means whereby the general public can provide feedback and suggest how we can make further progress.

The current members of the National Inter-Sectoral Committee for Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults are as follows:

Ms. Patricia T. Rickard-Clarke, Chair.
Ms. Patricia T. Rickard-Clarke, Chair.
Ms.SusanKentDept of Health
Ms.MairinHaranDept of Social Protection
Det. Sgt.JenniferMolonyAn Garda Siochána
Mr.BrianO'DonnellNational Federation of Voluntary Bodies
Mr.MarkBlake KnoxNot-For-Profit Organisation
Dr.JoanneMcCarthyDisability Federation of Ireland
Mr.PhelimQuinnHealth Information and Quality Authority
Mr.EamonTimminsAge Action
Ms.LouiseO'MahonyBanking & Payment Federation Ireland
Ms.MaryKeaneThe Law Society
Ms.MaureenKavanaghActive Retirement Ireland
Ms.CatherineCoxFamily Carers Ireland
Ms.SiobhanNunnPrincipal Social Worker from Safeguarding and Protection Teams
Mr.PaddyConnollyInclusion Ireland
Dr.DavidRobinsonConsultant Representation
Mr.MichaelFitzgeraldSocial Care Management
Mr.PatCareyCOSC
Mr.MervynTaylorSAGE
Mr.BrendanO'SheaIrish College of General Practitioners
Ms.PatriciaGilheaneyCEO Mental Health Commission
Ms.Ann-marieO'ConnorBusiness Manager MABS
Mr.TomFitzpatrickChartered Accountants of Ireland
Ms.PhilNí’ SheaghdhaDirector of Industrial Relations
Dr.CathalMorganSocial Care Division
Mr.TimHanlyHSE National Safeguarding Office
Ms.MargueriteClancySenior Research and Information Officer
Dr.Verena KeaneFaculty of Learning Disability Psychiatry, College of Psychiatrists
Dr.
MariaMoranFaculty of Old Age Psychiatry, College of Psychiatrists

The National Safeguarding Committee will be independently chaired and will derive representation from a number of agencies. It will lead on encouraging an organisational and societal culture which promotes the rights of adults who may be vulnerable. Membership of the National Safeguarding Committee will be reviewed biannually by the Chair in conjunction with the HSE National Director Social Care and the Director of the Decision Support Service.

Specifically, the Committee will:

  1. Promote zero tolerance for abuse of adults who are vulnerable.
  2. Provide strategic guidance to the Government, HSE and other National Stakeholders, in relation to the promotion of the rights and independence of all vulnerable adults.
  3. Promote the rights of adults who may be vulnerable through public awareness and through the activities of the National Safeguarding Committee.
  4. Develop a national plan for promoting the welfare, and safeguarding from abuse, of adults (to include protection from abuse by persons and institutions).
  5. Provide oversight, guidance and influence on legislation, policies and procedures, when required, in order to ensure that the promotion of safeguarding principles are enshrined in policies and procedures and that complaints and concerns are addressed appropriately.
  6. Ensure that information gathering and analysis systems operate to inform effective management and learning in all organisations.
  7. Commission research, public awareness campaigns and training aimed at promoting the rights of adults who may be vulnerable.
  8. Report, on an agreed basis, to the HSE National Director Social Care in liaison with the Director of Decision Support Service (when established).
  9. Contribute to the review of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse – National Policy and Procedures.
  10. Develop a five-year plan of activities by the National Safeguarding Committee to promote the welfare, empowerment and independence of adults who may be vulnerable, and report annually on its activities.