The National Safeguarding Committee has kicked-off a national public awareness campaign 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 raising is taking place in June 2017 with a second burst planned for September.
You can view or download the campaign graphics, which are appearing in national newspapers, here:
You can listen to or download the campaign radio ads, which are being broadcast on national radio, here:
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.
Twitter – Campaign updates on Twitter at – @safeguardingcom and with #safeguardingcom
Facebook – Follow the campaign on Facebook here.