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Useful Resources

Government Departments and Statutory Agencies

Office of the Wards of Court
HSE Assisted Decision Making in the Health and Social Care Context
National Safeguarding Committee, Promoting the Rights of Adults who may be Vulnerable

The Office of the DSS at the MHC hosted the launch of the paper “Review of current practice in the use of wardship for adults in Ireland”. (December 2017) The full report can be read on the NSC website here.

Citizens Information Centre - Current legal arrangements for incapacity
Citizens Information Centre - Information on current wards of court system
Citizens Information Centre - Relate, Guide to the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015
Law Reform Commission - Report on Vulnerable Adults and the Law, LRC 83 – 2006
Department of Justice Information on the Act

Briefings and Information

Briefing for Oireachtas December 2019

DSS Information Leaflet November 2019

Advocacy and Non-Governmental Organisations

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of organisations active in the area of assisted decision making and related issues. The MHC-DSS does not take any responsibility for the content of these external organisations and / or their websites.
Inclusion Ireland
SAGE, A guide to the Assisted Decision Making Act 2015
Support and Advocacy Service for Older Persons (SAGE)
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
The Irish Hospice Foundation

International Resources

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Comparative Jurisdictions

Office of the Public Guardian Scotland
Office of the Public Guardian England and Wales
Office of the Public Advocate, Victoria, Australia
Office of the Public Guardian, New South Wales, Australia
Alberta Health Advocates, Canada

Decision Support Service in the News

€3 million for the establishment of the Decision Support Service


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