Balancing autonomy with protection for vulnerable adults

Tuesday, 12th November 2013Management House, Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin 2. 

Do we expose vulnerable adults to unnecessary risk? Or do we wrap them in cotton wool so they have no freedom to make their own decisions and their own mistakes?

Is 'best interests' a paternalistic concept - or a necessary safeguard against exploitation, financial or sexual abuse?

As the Dáil prepares to debate the Assisted Decision-making (Capacity) Bill which deals with these issues, the Irish Social Policy Association will be holding a lively symposium to tease out the issues around striking the right balance between autonomy, managing risks and safeguards. We look forward to an energetic discussion about how key principles work when we reach grey areas or challenging situations.

The evening featured presentations from Patricia Rickard Clarke and Shari McDaid, and discussion was moderated by ISPA committee member Eithne Fitzgerald of the National Disability Authority.

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