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Age Action welcomes launch of plan to help protect vulnerable people

Published 20/12/2016

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Age Action has warmly welcomed today’s publication by the National Safeguarding Committee of its five year strategic plan.

“The plan will guide the committee’s work up to 2021 and represents a major boost for the many organisations and statutory agencies which are currently working to protect vulnerable adults in Ireland,” Age Action Chief Executive Eamon Timmins said.

The protection of vulnerable older people has been at the heart of Age Action’s work since its foundation 24 years ago. Age Action is among the organisations represented on the National Safeguarding Committee, which was established by the then Minister for Older People, Kathleen Lynch, in 2015. 

The National Safeguarding Committee was established on the premise that the protection of vulnerable adults needs action from a number of statutory agencies and groups working with these vulnerable groups, along with wider societal change. It is working to influence the Government in the development of human-rights based laws and policies to protect vulnerable adults, and well as increasing public awareness of the issues.

Age Action is delighted to be part of the National Safeguarding Committee’s work to date.

“Today’s publication of its first strategic plan is an important landmark in the committee’s development,” Mr Timmins said.

“Hopefully the work that will be done by the committee in the coming years will help protect all who may become vulnerable at any stage of our lives.”

For further details of the committee’s work visit the Safeguarding Committee website here.

FOR MEDIA QUERIES CONTACT EAMON TIMMINS, AGE ACTION, 01-4756989.

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