NSC PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN on Financial Abuse, October 16-22.
The National Safeguarding Committee is working to drive public awareness on safeguarding adults who may be vulnerable.
The aim is to stimulate the public, and anyone in a caring role, to think about actions which they may do such as quietly taking some money from an elderly person to cover care expenses, over medicating a person to calm them, locking an older person into a room while out – to highlight that such acts are abuses of people’s liberties and rights.
The first wave of advertising, media and social media awareness took place in June 2017 and generated a large range of media interest and social media activity.
A next wave of NSC public awareness activity, which is specifically focused on Financial Abuse, is taking place from October 16-22.
You can view or download the campaign graphics, including on ‘Financial Abuse’ here:
You can listen to or download the campaign radio ads, which are being broadcast on national radio, here:
Radio ad No. 1 – ‘Financial Abuse’
Radio ad No. 2 – ‘Abuses’
Red C Public Opinion Survey:
The public awareness campaign has been informed by a recent baseline nationwide public opinion survey on abuse of vulnerable persons commissioned by the National Safeguarding Committee and carried out by Red C.
Dedicated support number
A dedicated support number has been established by the HSE National Safeguarding Office at (061) 461 358 which the public can call during the campaign (within work hours) for advice and to get signposted to the most appropriate public services.
Outside of office hours the number will divert to a message – and emergency cases will be referred to the Gardaí.
Local Safeguarding Teams
The National Safeguarding Office is based in Limerick and works with nine HSE Safeguarding Teams across the country. Full contacts for each office can be found here.