The Safeguarding Specialists
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Adults Northern Ireland

Legislation Statutory, Good Practice Guidance

and Regulatory Authorities

The Northern Ireland Executive working through the Department of Health

Northern Ireland Adult Safeguarding Partnership (NIASP) There are also 

Local Adult Safeguarding Partnerships (LASPs)

To find your local Safeguarding and Social Care Contact Report Adult Abuse to Social Care

Dial 999 in an emergency



Domestic Abuse and Civil Proceedings Act (Northern Ireland) 2021

Coronavirus Act 2020

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (Specified

Scottish Authority and Barred Lists) Order (Northern Ireland) 2019


The Mental Capacity (Deprivation of Liberty) (No. 2) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019

Data Protection Act 2018

Digital Economy Act 2017

Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

Modern Slavery Act 2015

Serious Crime Act 2015

Part 5 of this Act is about Protection of Children etc

Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Criminal Justice and Support for Victims) Act (Northern Ireland) 2015

Defamation Act 2013

Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

Equality Act 2010

The Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008

The Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2008

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (Northern Ireland) Order 2007

The Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007

The Serious Crime Act (2007) section 44

Intentionally encouraging or assisting an offence

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

 An Act to make provision in connection with the protection of children and vulnerable adults.

The Criminal Justice (Evidence) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004

Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004

Communications Act 2003

Sex Offender Act 1997 see also 2003

An Act to require the notification of information to the police by persons who have committed certain sexual offences; to make provision with respect to the commission of certain sexual acts outside the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes.

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Human Rights Act 1998

The Public Interest Disclosure (Northern Ireland) Order 1998

The Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1999

Mental Health Act 1983

Compulsory admission to hospital or guardianship for patients not involved in criminal proceedings (Part II).

Improper administration of medicine –s.67 Medicines Act 1968

Statutory Guidance

Guidance to agencies on public protection arrangements (PPANI) Article 50 of the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 

Regulated activity (adults) The definition of ‘regulated activity’ (adults) as defined by the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Order 2007 September 2012

 Good Practice Guidance

Public Interest Disclosure Guidance 2022

Enhanced Due Diligence: Safeguarding for external partners published October 2018 (UK)

 Criminal Exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: County Lines guidance 2017

Keeping Adults Safe: A Shared Responsibility 2016

Protocol for Joint Investigation of Adult Safeguarding Cases Northern Ireland 2016

Prevention and Protection in Partnership 2015

AccessNI: Criminal record checks 2013

AccessNI is a criminal history disclosure service in Northern Ireland. AccessNI supplies criminal history information, upon request, to organisations and individuals.




Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA)

The Health and Personal Social Services (Quality, Improvement and Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

Adult Safeguarding: Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff August 2018

General Medical Guidance Consent: patients and doctors making decisions together 2008


The Charity Commission Northern Ireland

Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008

 The Charity Commission Northern Ireland Serious incident reporting: A guide for charity trustees May 2018