People with disabilities

The National Standards for Residential Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities apply to residential and residential respite services across disability sectors in Ireland, whether they are run by public, private or voluntary bodies or organisations. They give service providers a framework to develop person-centred care for all people with disabilities and promote services that facilitate a good quality of life. They were developed following extensive consultation with people from all across the disability sector.

These Standards are outcome-based and focus on what services are striving to achieve and what the experiences of the adults and children living there will be. Children and adults who live in residential settings or receive residential respite care should enjoy a good quality of life and live in a place that feels like their home; one that upholds their personal dignity and respects their privacy.

The National Standards for Residential Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities are based on key principles which guide residential services on how best to provide a safe and effective service for children and adults with disabilities. They are organised into eight key themes covering areas such as person or child centred care, good leadership and use of information. See a short video about the standards, below, or download the standards in their various formats:


Download the National Standards and further information in a variety of formats below:

Audio version of the Standards

Previous National Quality Standards

In 2009 we published a previous version of the standards which were for adults only: National Quality Standards: Residential Services for People with Disabilities. These standards set out the key attributes of a quality, safe residential service for people with disabilities.   These standards have now been replaced with the National Standards for Residential Centres for Children and Adults with Disabilities, published in 2013.

The 2009 standards were available in various formats to download: