Social care

Social Care Standards

We are the independent authority responsible for driving quality, safety and accountability in residential services for children, older people and people with disabilities in Ireland.

We have produced standards to protect vulnerable people of all ages who are receiving residential care services and to ensure that these people are receiving an appropriate standard and quality of service.

Our standards tell people using these services and the people providing them what their services should be like. They also tell the public what they can expect from these services. Where we have statutory powers to inspect and register services, our inspectors will inspect against our standards.

National Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland 2009

We have produced National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland, including nursing homes and we inspect against these standards to ensure safe and quality care is provided.

National Standards for children’s services

We monitor a range of services for children and young people against various standards:

National Standards for Residential Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities 2013

We have developed National Standards for Residential Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities which set out what a good quality, safe residential service for children and adults with disabilities should look like. The standards have been mandated by the Minister for Health, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and the Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Older People, Equality and Mental Health.

From 1 November 2013, we are responsible for the process of registration, inspection and monitoring against these Standards and the legal Regulations published by Government.  All centres providing residential (including respite) services to children and adults with disabilities will need to be registered with us by law and will be visited by our inspectors to ensure they are providing an appropriate standard of care.

Further information

Please see frequently asked questions for further information on our social care standards. To find out more about inspections, see our section on how the inspection process works. If you are a service provider, please go to our providers section to find out how the standards effect your organisation.