Colette has introduced legislation to better protect adults from harm as well as from physical, sexual, psychological and financial abuse. She introduced the Adult Safeguarding Bill in April 2017. The Bill’s key proposals include mandatory reporting where an adult has experienced or is at risk of harm or abuse and the setting up of a National Safeguarding Authority, to investigate allegations of abuse and a right to independent advocacy.

Key Actions

  • In December 2019 published ‘Falling Through the Cracks: A report on Adult Safeguarding‘ (read the short and long version), read her OpEd on this research here.
  • Hosted Adult Safeguarding Seminars in May 2018, June 2019 and December 2019.
  • Adult Safeguarding featured as a priority in the Law Reform Commission’s fifth programme in June 2019.
  • The Adult Safeguarding Bill 2019 featured in the Government’s legislative programme for the summer session.
  • In May 2018, the Department of Health approved an Adult Safeguarding Health Sector Policy Project.
  • In February 2018, Colette made a submission to the Law Reform Commission on Adult Safeguarding law.
  • Adult Safeguarding was examined by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health in October 2017, who issued a report supporting its urgent introduction.
  • In April 2017, Colette introduced the Adult Safeguarding Bill in the Seanad which was passed unopposed and remains on the Seanad Éireann Order Paper.
  • OpEd Irish Examiner Summer 2017.

Commissioned Research:

Colette speaking on Adult Safeguarding