Today we welcome news that HIQA and the Mental Health Commission will hold a public consultation process regarding new standards to keep adults safe in health and social care services across Ireland.
This is such an important area to ensure vulnerable adults are fully protected at all times. HIQA and the Mental
Health Commission have prepared a draft document on new standards and they are encouraging interested parties to give their views on it.
What does it mean for me?
It means that HIQA and the Mental Health Commission are seeking the views of:
– People using health and social care services
– Families of people using these services
– Staff who work in these services
– Organisations providing these services
How to give your view on safeguarding standards:
First of all, you will need to read the ‘Draft National Standards for Adult Safeguarding’. This document is prepared by HIQA and the Mental Health Commission and it puts forward measures to reduce the risk of harm for adults arising from abuse, neglect or exploitation in health and social care services in Ireland.
Then you can give your views as part of an online questionnaire.
What does Acquired Brain Injury Ireland think?
We welcome the opportunity to give independent input to the important area of safeguarding as an organisation delivering vital services to brain injury survivors.
Our National Services Manager Donnchadh Whelan said: “Safeguarding Standards are extremely important for insuring protections for people like our clients who can be more vulnerable and at risk after their lives are altered due to brain injury. At Acquired Brain Injury Ireland we employ the highest safety standards at all times and we look forward to giving our input in this extremely vital process to ensure the protection of all vulnerable adults availing of health services in this country.”
What HIQA says:
HIQA’s interim Chief Executive today stated that: “All adults have a right to be safe and to live a life free from harm. The safeguarding standards published today for public consultation focus on actively highlighting, minimising and preventing a wide range of potential harm and are designed to ensure the appropriate standards are in place for all services so they deliver appropriate care and support to adults, particularly those at risk of harm.”