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CANCELLED – Challenges to Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Conference

April 28 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

‘Challenges to Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults within Health & Social Care and the Wider Community’

The main aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to provide knowledge and understanding of safeguarding vulnerable adults, and how that is applicable for all health and social care professionals within the context of the Assisted Decision- Making Capacity Act ( 2015). A key learning objective is to explore the challenges practitioners face when applying these principles safely into their current job role. In December 2019, Health Information & Quality Authority and the Mental Health Commission, launched ‘The National Standards for Adult Safeguarding’. Patricia Rickard-Clarke a prominent advocate for adult safeguarding and chair of the National Safeguarding Committee would continue to advocate, that although the standards and policy are a step in the right direction, it is not enough, it also needs a legal framework for adult safeguarding legislation.

In recent years the alleged abuse of vulnerable adults has become an important consideration for social care and other health and social care professionals. With the introduction of national policy and standards, it has led to fundamentals shifts in practice. The rationale behind the implementation is to ensure positive outcomes for all stakeholders, but consideration needs to be given to the organisational challenges in ensuring that adult safeguarding and responsibilities are delivered in a consistent way that is effective.
This is a complex labyrinth of policy and legislation underpinned by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,  and consideration needs to be given to many different areas that each carry significance; controversies regarding balancing self-determination with protection from harm; barriers to disclosure and help-seeking; assessing cognitive capacity; and the challenges of working collaboratively with others.

We are proposing to have three key note speakers in the morning with each of them facilitating a workshop after lunch, we will finish off with a plenary discussion.

Key Note  Patricia Rickard-Clarke is a solicitor and former Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission.  She is the Chair of the National Safeguarding Committee, Chair of SAGE Advocacy clg – Support and Advocacy Service for Vulnerable adults and Older People and Chair of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Decision-Making Capacity Task Force.  She is a member of the HSE’s National Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act Steering Group preparing for the implementation of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 and a member of the National Disability Authority’s Expert Group developing the non-health care codes of practice for the 2015 Act.

Presentation title: Why we need a legal framework for Adult Safeguarding legislation

Key Note James Forbes, is the head of Social Care with ChildVision, James is also an Associate Lecturer in the University of Worcester (Vision Impairment and Disability Studies), an Associate Lecturer in the Institute of Technology, Tallaght (Social Care Degree Programme) and a tutor on Trinity College Dublin’s Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection and Welfare. In addition to a social care qualification, James has primary degrees in law (LLB) and in education (BA Ed.), a Masters in Education (MA Ed.) and an MSc in Child Protection and Welfare. At present, James sits on two Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) advisory boards, including the group advising on the production of a guidance document on service user autonomy. James also sits on the registration board for social care in CORU.

Presentation Title:  Challenges that good vulnerable adult protection work can present in social care settings, exploring how context is always a pre-dispositioning factor in creating vulnerability as well as how services might be better structured to lessen vulnerability.

*The third speaker is yet to be confirmed

Presentation title: Application of guiding principles within a safeguarding context



April 28
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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ChildVision Grace Park Road
Drumcondra, Dublin Ireland
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Charlotte Burke