Safeguarding Practice, Training and Guidance

Safeguarding Training 


Learning to Safeguard Report 2022

Learning to Safeguard reports on two studies into HSE adult safeguarding training programmes.

The report details -

  • An examination of adult safeguarding officers’ readiness for online learning and their perceptions of the blended learning approach employed in the designated officer training programme. 
  • An examination of staff learners perceptions of the Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Abuse eLearning programme
  • And a summary of recommendations for both programmes.

Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Abuse Training

Safeguarding awareness training is available on HSeLanD and is a requirement for all staff working in older persons services and services for adults with disabilities.

This eLearning module uses a number of scenarios that represent real-life situations such as

  • How a service users might be at risk of abuse
  • How a staff member learns of the abuse
  • Concerns staff may have about responding and reporting the abuse
  • Learning about the types of abuse

Designated Officer Training

The National Safeguarding Office offer a training programme for adult safeguarding designated officers to support them in their role receiving and responding to concerns of abuse.

To enrol on this programme login into HSeLanD and search the Course Catalogue for Adult Safeguarding Designated Officer Blended programme

Any additional training queries - contact


Managers Toolkit to Extend Safeguarding Learning 

This Managers Toolkit is designed to help services to support staff in their safeguarding learning. There are several worksheets in the toolkit to guide small group discussions.  The templates are designed as single exercises you can use depending on your requirements at a given time. These may be used, for example, during team meetings or other opportunities for learning moments.

Quality Assurance Process for Safeguarding Training

The quality assurance process for safeguarding training as developed and applied in 2018 has been updated to reflect changes to adult safeguarding training programmes. This document sets quality assurance measures that should be adhered to in order to ensure quality and consistency of adult safeguarding training and development. Responsibilities are set out for the NSO, facilitators, training participants and management.

Other resources

Safeguarding Self Audit Tool 

Personal Action Plan

Definitions and Categories of Abuse

Watch 'Recognising and Responding to Elder Abuse in Residential Care Settings'

Watch 'Open your Eyes to Elder Abuse

Safeguarding Guidance Documents


Prevention and Creating a Safeguarding Culture

Responding to Concerns of Abuse 

Non Engagement

Risk Considerations

 Peer Abuse

Liaison with an Garda Síochána

Injuries of Unknown Origin


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day


World Elder Abuse Awareness day, marked every year on June 15th aims to raise awareness and create a culture of prevention against elder abuse. Violence and abuse against older people is a worldwide phenomenon that can take place in many forms such as physical, psychological, financial, neglect, sexual or discrimination. But with the cooperation and solidarity of multiple stakeholders like the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations who make this a top priority, we can work together to eradicate elder abuse. This day was launched globally in 2006 to highlight abuse and neglect of older people.


This year the National Safeguarding Office will be marking this day with a number of key events including co-hosting a conference in Trinity College Dublin. The theme for 2023 is ‘Hear Me, Support Me, Challenge Elder Abuse” which is a call to action to address elder abuse in a way that respects the autonomy and empowerment of older people in Ireland, whilst being in line with the human rights principles the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) legislation.


What can you do to mark this day?

  • - Join with City Hall Dublin, City Hall Cork and City Hall Sligo, Heuston Station, the Rock of Cashel and various county council offices who have committed to lighting up their buildings in purple to mark the day on 15th June. Register your intention here.
  • - Host a ‘Wear Purple Day’ to mark the day
  • - Use our resource materials to promote world elder abuse awareness day
    • o Use the “Let’s Talk about Ageism” document to facilitate an intergenerational discussion with peers, service users colleagues or friends
    • o Take the 615 challenge to discuss Ageism
    • o Display the campaign Poster to prompt discussion on this topic- Hear me when I whisper, hear me when I roar
  • - Share any social media broadcasts with the National Safeguarding Office on twitter @safeguarding_ie using #HearMeSupportMe  #ChallengeElderAbuse  #WorldElderAbuseAwarenessDay  – sample captions available in the resource section
  • - Participate in print and media promotion of this day.

Resource Material