The latest HIQA review of the regulation of health and social care in Ireland has raised concerns.
Certain nursing homes, residential centres and foster care services have been issued warnings about improving the protection of vulnerable people.
The report details that some services are not using Garda vetting measures sufficiently or at all.
Mary Dunnion, Director of Regulation at HIQA spoke of the absolute necessity of Garda vetting in the employment of those working with vulnerable people:
“Look it’s an indicator that this person has been Garda-vetted and that they are a proper employee of an organisation to look after vulnerable people.
“It is not the only determinant, but it is one of them and it is in law, so it is very disappointing that we have seen employers, not doing this.”