The Disability Team is legally responsible for the monitoring, inspection and registration of all residential services for both children and adults with a disability in Ireland.

Our team members come from a variety of backgrounds, including social care workers, intellectual disability nurses, registered general nurses, psychiatric nurses, pharmacists, fire officers and environmental health officers.

Each member of the inspection team is also trained to undertake regulation-based inspections, ensuring that services meet the requirements set out by the Health Act 2007, regulations and National Standards in order to be registered to operate. During our inspections, we attempt to speak with as many residents as possible, and with their families and or representative. We also speak with staff members, the person in charge and the person who represents the provider service.

During our inspections

We are seeking assurance that the regulations are being adhered to.

We want to know that people with a disability who are receiving residential care:

  • are safe,
  • their rights are respected,
  • they are included in decisions about their care, 
  • the care provided matches their individual health and social needs, and
  • that they have a good quality of life.

The process

Involves monitoring, reviewing and risk-rating information submitted.

This information may be in relation to how service providers respond to events such as serious injury, allegations of abuse or outbreaks of infection. We also monitor review and risk rate information submitted by third parties in relation to centres and follow this up with service providers, as required.

After the inspection

We then publish all our inspection reports on our website.

These reports gives information to the public on what it is like to live in the centre and to see if a centre provides consistently good care.

We also receive unsolicited information by persons who may have a concern about the care provided. Inspectors review all of this information and use it to inform our work. Our aim is to ensure that good care is provided to residents, and we take necessary action to enforce this when required.