Adults Northern Ireland

Legislation Statutory Good Practice Guidance Action Plans (research and reports)



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

Improper administration of medicine –s.67 Medicines Act 1968

Mental Health Act 1983

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

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.

Human Rights Act 1998

The Public Interest Disclosure (Northern Ireland) Order 1998

The Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1999

Freedom of Information Act 2000

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

Communications Act 2003

127 Improper use of public electronic communications network

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if he—

   (a) sends by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character; or

   (b) causes any such message or matter to be so sent.

(2) A person is guilty of an offence if, for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another, he—

   (a) sends by means of a public electronic communications network, a message that he knows to be false,

   (b) causes such a message to be sent; or

   (c) persistently makes use of a public electronic communications network.

(3) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable, on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or to both.

(4) Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply to anything done in the course of providing a programme service (within the meaning of the Broadcasting Act 1990 (c. 42)).

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

Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004

  Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

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

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

The Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008

The Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2008

 Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008

Trustees duty of care

Equality Act 2010

Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

An Act to provide for the destruction, retention, use and other regulation of certain evidential material; to impose consent and other requirements in relation to certain processing of biometric information relating to children; to provide for a code of practice about surveillance camera systems and for the appointment and role of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner; to provide for judicial approval in relation to certain authorisations and notices under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; to provide for the repeal or rewriting of powers of entry and associated powers and for codes of practice and other safeguards in relation to such powers; to make provision about vehicles left on land; to amend the maximum detention period for terrorist suspects; to replace certain stop and search powers and to provide for a related code of practice; to make provision about the safeguarding of vulnerable groups and about criminal records including provision for the establishment of the Disclosure and Barring Service and the dissolution of the Independent Safeguarding Authority; to disregard convictions and cautions for certain abolished offences; to make provision about the release and publication of datasets held by public authorities and to make other provision about freedom of information and the Information Commissioner; to make provision about the trafficking of people for exploitation and about stalking; to repeal certain enactments; and for connected purposes.

Defamation Act 2013

Statutory Guidance


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



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

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

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

GMC Confidentiality: good practice in handling patient information (2017)

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

Whistleblowing in the Public Sector: A Good Practice Guide 2014

Subject access code of practice: Dealing with requests from individuals for personal information August 2013

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.


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

Striking The Balance: Practical Guidance on the application of Caldicott Guardian principles to Domestic Violence and MARACS. April 2012

This guidance is intended to assist those involved in information sharing between agencies about Domestic Violence to make decisions. It identifies the underlying ethical considerations so that tensions between confidentiality and information sharing may be resolved

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

Raising and acting on concerns about patient safety 2012

Raising concerns: Guidance for nurses and midwives NMC 2013

Police etc.

Achieving Best Evidence in Criminal Proceedings 2011

Guidance on interviewing victims and witnesses, the use of special measures, and the provision of pre-trial therapy. The guidance applies to both prosecution and defence witnesses and is intended for all persons involved in the criminal justice process, including the police, health and/or social care workers, legal profession and victim support organisations.

Reports and Research


Independent Whole Systems Review into Safeguarding and Care at Dunmurry Manor Care Home EVIDENCE PAPER: 1 Adult Safeguarding within a Human Rights Based Framework in Northern Ireland September 2020

National Referral Mechanism Statistics –End of Year Summary 2018

Sexual Offences in the Service Justice System 2016

Financial Abuse of Older People in Northern Ireland: The Unsettling Truth September 2016 






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