Department of Health (Ireland)
01 February 2021
This is a report on focus groups on the theme of adult safeguarding carried out with cohorts of adults who may be at risk (also known as vulnerable adults). This commissioned research was carried out by the Institute of Public Health (IPH) on behalf of the Department of Health (DOH) to feed into DOH’s policy development process on adult safeguarding in the health and social care sector. It aims to capture the views of cohorts of adults who may be at risk of harm – people with intellectual disabilities, people with cognitive impairments (dementia and acquired brain injury), people who have experienced significant mental health challenges, and residents of nursing homes – on the topic of adult safeguarding within the health service. The focus group research ran in parallel with other DOH stakeholder consultation processes including questionnaires, meetings and a stakeholder workshop which will feed into the drafting of new policy proposals and a public consultation.