Developing strategies for the prevention, detection and management of elder abuse: the Irish experience.

South Dublin Higher Specialist Training Scheme, Dublin, Ireland.
Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect 02/2008; 20(2):169-80. DOI: 10.1080/08946560801974679
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It is only within the past two decades that elder abuse has received governmental attention in Ireland. There had been little awareness, and no structures in place to tackle this problem prior to this. Media highlighting of particular cases, and an exploratory study undertaken in 1998, prompted the setting up of a governmental working group on elder abuse. Unique to this group was the trialling of a proposed system in two pilot sites. This allowed for recommendations based on actual practice, and has lead to the adoption of a network of elder abuse caseworkers, among other recommendations.

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