Adult safeguarding in Northern Ireland: prevention, protection, partnership

Lorna Montgomery, Joyce McKee

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to outline and critique the current model of adult safeguarding in Northern Ireland.

Design -The paper offers a critical analysis of adult safeguarding, legislation, policy and practice. Insights are offered from the lead adult safeguarding officer for Northern Ireland, and available research evidence is cited.

Findings- Distinct features of Northern Irish society have shaped its adult safeguarding policy and practice in ways which differ from those in England, Scotland and Wales. Strengths and limitation of the legal and policy framework, and practice systems are discussed.

Limitations-The paper offers the viewpoint of the authors, which may not be representative.

Practical implications-.The potential advantages and challenges of the Northern Irish safeguarding systems are presented, and potential future developments highlighted.

Social implications - Changes in the way adult safeguarding has been conceptualised have been highlighted. An emphasis on prevention and early intervention activities, with a key role envisaged for community, voluntary and faith sector organisations, have been noted.

Originality-This paper provides an accessible overview of adult safeguarding in Northern Ireland, which to date has been lacking from the literature.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Adult Protection
Early online date01 Aug 2017
Publication statusEarly online date - 01 Aug 2017


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