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This section provides information on preventing and reporting abuse of older people.

Most older people do not experience abuse. But unfortunately some older persons may be harmed or abused by others. An older person may also experience more than one form of abuse at any given time.

The HSE Social Care Division published a policy spanning both Older Persons Services and Disability Services. ‘Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse’. This policy provides one overarching policy incorporating services of Elder Abuse and for Persons with a Disability.   For more information please visit the HSE website.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has commenced development of national standards for Home Support services, due to be completed by the end of 2022. Additional information on the process for developing evidence-based-standards is available on the HIQA website .

HIQA has developed a short video animation to explain what Adult Safeguarding is:

Useful Contacts and Links: