The HSE has announced that the National Research Centre for the Protection of Older People is expected to be operational by September.
The Centre, which is part of the Elder Abuse Programme, will be located within the Department of Nursing Studies in University College Dublin. Its establishment was one of the main recommendations of the 2002 Government policy document, Protecting Our Future: The Report of the Working Group on Elder Abuse.
The Elder Abuse National Implementation Group was established by the Department of Health and Children in 2003 to guide the implementation of the report’s recommendations. The Centre will collate information in the area of elder abuse from the areas of health, social welfare, justice, finance and legal authorities. The HSE said that funding of €4.75 million has been allocated to implement the Elder Abuse Programme in full.