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Draft National Standards for Adult Safeguarding

Everyone has the right to be safe and to live a life free from harm. Safeguarding means putting measures in place to promote people’s human rights and their health and wellbeing, and empowering people to protect themselves.

HIQA and the MHC are developing national standards for adult safeguarding to promote best practice in providing person-centred, safe and effective care and support in health, including mental health, and social care services across Ireland.

HIQA and the MHC undertook a public consultation on the Draft national standards for adult safeguarding. This consultation is now closed, however the draft standards can still be viewed at the links below:

Draft National Standards for Adult Safeguarding                  Press release

Background document

The MHC and HIQA have also published a background document to assist in the development of the standards. This background document has three aims:

  1. To summarise current adult safeguarding arrangements in Ireland.
  2. To summarise arrangements and best practice in adult safeguarding in six jurisdictions using a range of data sources and draw recommendations to inform the content of the national standards for adult safeguarding.
  3. To systematically search, review and summarise academic evidence in the field of adult safeguarding  from 2007–2017 and make recommendations in line with the eight themes of  the national standards development framework.

Background document            Press release

Further information

To find out more about adult safeguarding, watch this short video:



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