Legal measures to protect elderly and vulnerable listed in report – Irish Times

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Colette’s Adult Safeguarding Bill 2017, which included a proposal for a new dedicated Adult Safeguarding Authority, was mentioned in this Irish Times Article by Colm Keena. Read the full article here.

“Legislation allowing authorities to enter properties where they believe an elderly or vulnerable person is being abused is among the measures canvassed in a major report on “adult safeguarding” by the Law Reform Commission.

Financial abuse is one of the most prevalent forms of mistreatment of elderly and vulnerable people, according to the report.

The commission is seeking submissions on whether a new national adult safeguarding authority should be established, or whether existing bodies should be asked to take over the role.

There is widespread agreement on the need for a clear statutory framework for the protection of vulnerable adults from physical, sexual, psychological and financial abuse, the commission says in a paper on a Regulatory Framework for Adult Safeguarding.

The Law Reform Commission is a State body that runs a rolling programme of reviewing the law and making proposals for its modernisation and clarification…..” Read in full here.