Adults Republic of Ireland

Legislation, Statutory and Good Practice Guidance  


Safeguarding Ireland’s advice is – if you suspect abuse – take action and Call it Out. HSE Safeguarding and Protection Teams provide services and support in each region of the country.

Call the HSE’s National Safeguarding Office at (061) 461 358, or email 

Abuse which poses an immediate danger – the Gardaí 

If you are experiencing abuse which is placing you or someone you know in immediate danger, you should contact the Gardai who can investigate concerns. Call the Garda confidential line at 1800 666 111.


Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017

Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015

Freedom of Information Act 2014

Protected Disclosures Act 2014 Ireland

Domestic Violence Act 1996

Includes Safety Order and Barring order, The Barring order requires a violent person to leave the family home.

Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003

Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006 

Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) (Amendment) Act 2007

National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012

Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012

Irish Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2012

Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) (Amendment) Act 2013

An act to give effect to certain provisions of Directive 2011/36/eu of the European Parliament And of the council of 5 April 20111 on Preventing and combating trafficking in Human beings and protecting its victims, and Replacing council framework decision 2002/629/jha; for those and other purposes to Amend and extend the criminal law (human Trafficking) act 2008, the child trafficking And pornography act 1998 and the criminal Evidence act 1992; and to provide for Related matters. [9th July, 2013]


Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse National Policy and Procedures 2014

Open Your Eyes to Elder Abuse in Your Community 2013

Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Medical Practitioners (Amended) 8th Edition 2019


Health and Social Care

Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA)

National Standards for Adult Safeguarding Dec 2019


The Charities Regulator

Charities Act 2009

Safeguarding Guidance for Charitable Organisations working with Vulnerable Persons (Adults) 2020

Charities Governance Code – Reporting on Compliance in 2021