Working with Vulnerable Adults (Kilkenny)

It is widely recognised that older people and persons with disability can become vulnerable to abuse, even in settings which are intended to be places of care, safety and support.

Practitioners may have strong beliefs and principles in relation to service users’ rights but as pointed out by Penhale and Parker (2008), there are times when without intention they may apply these in a way that fails to consider the needs and wishes of services users. Effective safeguarding requires that services need to be provided through a person-centred model of care in a collaborative way with shared responsibility between the service users, their families and carers, health and social care professionals, service organisations and society as a whole. There should be a presumption of decision making capacity unless proven otherwise and a person has a right to make decisions which other people may consider as unwise. The autonomy of the individual must be respected as much as possible.

Phelan (2013) states that all persons are entitled to this right, regardless of their circumstances. It is the responsibility of all service providers, statutory and non‐statutory, to ensure that service users are treated with respect and dignity, have their welfare promoted and receive support in an environment in which every effort is made to promote welfare and to prevent abuse. Legislation pertaining to vulnerable adults has been slow to change in Ireland. 2015 marked the year that the Lunacy Regulation (Ireland) Act 1871 was replaced with the enactment of the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015. This was a long awaited piece of legislation that will ultimately change the lives of many vulnerable adults in Ireland.

Social Care Training Ireland, through its experiences of working in a wide variety of settings, has put together a training course that aims to equip practitioners with the knowledge and understanding needed to work effectively with vulnerable adults.


Course objectives

  • Exploring relevant legislation
  • Discussing needs and rights of service users
  • Explore different categories of abuse
  • Discuss signs and symptoms of abuse
  • Dealing with disclosures
  • Barriers for vulnerable persons disclosing abuse  
  • Reporting procedures 


Abuse can be difficult to identify and may present in many forms. No one indicator or possible symptom of abuse should be seen as conclusive in itself of abuse. It may indicate conditions other than abuse. All signs and symptoms must be examined in the context of the person’s situation and family circumstances. As such, it is essential that all individuals working with vulnerable people are knowledgeable in the area and equipped with the skills needed. This indeed is the aim of this particular training course.


After completing the training practitioners will:

  • Have explored different categories of abuse
  • Be familiar with the relevant legislation
  • Have received guidance on how to deal with disclosures
  • Be informed on how to report concerns
  • Have discussed in detail the rights and needs of service users


Certification: Social Care Training Ireland Certificate in Working with Vulnerable Adults


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