Praxis Care, leading intellectual disability charity, held their 4th Annual Conference recently to urge the Minister of State for Disability Issues Ireland, Finian McGrath TD, to ensure that legislation to protect vulnerable adults is enacted without delay.
The event, “Positively Supporting People with Intellectual Disability and Autism whose Behaviour Challenges – Building the Right Supports”, took place in the Respond Housing Association Conference Centre, Dublin. The aim of the conference was to address the need for community based services for complex needs individuals who display challenging behaviour such as self-harm, physical assault and socially inappropriate behaviour, as well as highlighting the need for updated legislation to protect those individuals.
Over 120 delegates from across Ireland were in attendance to hear speakers stress the importance of information and engagement with families when developing person-centered services.
Speakers of the event included Vivienne Cooper, CEO Challenging Behaviour Foundation UK; Liam McDermott, Behavourial Support Services (Western Trust – Southern Sector NI); Patricia Rickard Clarke, National Safeguarding Committee; Olive Buckley, Praxis Care Manager, Mullingar/Cavan; and Sarah Lennon, Campaign & Policy Lead, Inclusion Ireland.
Currently there is no clear obligation on the State or State Agencies to prevent harm or protect vulnerable adults. Patricia Rickard Clarke of the National Safeguarding Committee said:
“The HSE’s Vulnerable Person’s at Risk of Abuse Policy is limited in its scope and has no statutory force to ensure the safety and rights of vulnerable persons. This includes those with autism and challenging behaviour.”
Speaking at the event, Chair person Deirdre Carroll, Independent Disability Analyst stated:
“The dramatic increase in the numbers of young people with autism and older parents with no service for their adult children with autism and other complex needs makes this a ticking time bomb.”
Notes to Editors
- For further information contact Carol Breen, Director of Operations, Praxis Care on 086 8255 222, or Christine Armstrong, Communications & Marketing Executive Praxis Care on 00 44 28 90 235 555
- Praxis Care is a leading charity providing a range of accommodation and support services for adults and children with intellectual disability, autism, and mental ill health in Ireland, Northern Ireland, England and the Isle of Man.
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