People with disabilities

People with Disabilities

From 1 November 2013, the Health Information and Quality Authority are responsible for the regulation of residential and residential respite services for children and adults with disabilities provided by the Health Service Executive (HSE), private organisations or voluntary bodies.  We have produced a public friendly guidebook about the Regulation of Residential Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities.

The Standards

We have published National Standards for Residential Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities. These set out what a quality, safe service for people with disabilities in a residential service should be. They apply to residential and residential respite services across disability sectors in Ireland, whether they are run by public, private or voluntary bodies or organisations.

You can download the National Standards in a variety of formats below:

Audio version of the Standards

Inspection and registration

We are required by law to keep a register of all residential and residential respite services for children and adults with disabilities.  We are also responsible for inspecting these services to ensure that they comply with the relevant legislation and meet the Standards and that everyone living in residential care is getting the quality of support they need.

Inspectors use our Standards and relevant legislation when they visit each centre to check that an appropriate standard of care is in place.  Residents and their relatives and friends can also use them to see what should and should not be happening there.

More information

Please read the frequently asked questions or standards for further information.  To find out more about inspections go to our section on how the inspection process works.  If you are a service provider please go to our residential care providers section.