444 allegations of sexual abuse made to the HSE last year

According to the National Safeguarding Office, 53 involved people over the age of 80.
There were also nearly 3,000 complaints of physical abuse – either in the health service or in the community.
Vivian Guerin, the chairman of the Irish Association of Social Workers, says the figures are very concerning:
“We have to remember first of all that behind all of these statistics is a human being and a collection of human beings. It’s absolutely appalling that that abuse takes place, but it’s it’s a real concern for the Irish Association of Social Workers. That, that type of abuse and neglect could go on to any degree but to a greater degree where it’s hidden away because of lockdowns on the pandemic.”


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