New draft residential care standards for people with disabilities have been published today by the Health Information and Quality Authority.

They cover service users, development rights protection and living environment.

A six-week consultation period on the guidelines has begun and the final set of standards will be mandatory for all providers of residential care for people with disabilities.

In a statement HIQA's Chief Inspector of the Social Services Inspectorate Dr Marion Witton says she believes the draft standards will contribute towards allowing people with disabilities to live in a safe, caring and respectful environment

'Our overall aim in creating the draft standards is to promote good, safe practice. We hope they will encourage the continuous quality improvement of residential services for people with disabilities in the coming years,' Dr Witton says.

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