Research has indicated that the people most vulnerable to abuse are those who do not communicate verbally, that is, those who have severe to profound intellectual disabilities.
When the Commission to Enquire into Child Abuse began its work back in 1999, both the Church and State stood as unquestioned pillars of society in Ireland.
But when it concluded that work 10 years later, the Ryan Report 2009, by which the commission published its findings, highlighted that these institutions had criminally neglected the poorest and most vulnerable children and had failed in their duty of care.
As a result of this report, the Brothers of Charity Services Galway, Adult Services Strategic Plan 2007-2012, ‘From Vision to Action’, emphasised the need for promoting safety, as highlighted by one of the charity’s main objectives – ‘that all people using our services will be safe and will feel safe’. The strategic plan reflects their vision statement, which promotes safety, ordinary life experiences, choices, citizenship and connection to family, friends and community.
The Brothers of Charity Services, Galway, also has a clear focus on personal outcomes that upholds the uniqueness of each person and the need for individualised service delivery.
The training programme Personal Development, Relationships and Staying Safe: A training pack for staff supporting adults with intellectual disabilities, high support and complex needs was developed based on these ideals and the needs highlighted in the Ryan Report – to help protect those who need it most, and to ensure that those who care for people with severe and profound intellectual disabilities were informed and trained to the highest standards.
It aims to provide staff with the knowledge and practical skills to ensure the safety and personal development of individuals with higher dependency.
Its authors, Marie Walsh and Geraldine Cregg, working in partnership with the Brothers of Charity Services, Galway, developed the training pack ‘To improve the protection for vulnerable adults with a disability, currently receiving and dependent on professional care and to protect them against any type of abuse’.
Marie Walsh, psychologist and co-author of the new training resource from Pavilion Publishing Personal Development, Relationships and Staying safe: a training pack for staff supporting adults with intellectual disabilities, high support and complex needs
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