Dublin Diocese – new policy on Vulnerable Adults applies to a person, over 18, who lacks or has seriously impaired capacity either to make informed decisions or to defend him or her self from harm.
An adult can be vulnerable at various times in his or her life, for example a person who is going through an acute psychotic episode is highly likely to fit the description of a vulnerable adult, but this will need to be assessed once the acute phase of the illness has passed. A person can be vulnerable following a bereavement or an accident. However,
provided he/she retains the capacity to make decisions and defend him/her self, he/she do
not fit the definition of a vulnerable adult.
The Policy will be uploaded to the parish website and some copies will be made available in the parish in due course. Any person who is concerned about poor or inappropriate practice or behaviour in a parish should report it to the person in charge of the activity or to the Parish Priest. However, the person may decide to take the concern directly to the diocesan DLP, the Safeguarding Officer or to the civil authorities.
Loraine Byrne is the diocesan Safeguarding Office for Vulnerable Adults and can
be contacted on 01-8360314 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org