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Sexual assault in Supported Residential Services: Four case studies

Bedson, L,

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This report presents four selected case studies involving violence and abuse that have been reported to the Office of the Public Advocate since 2009. They centre on residents of Supported Residential Services (SRSs), many of whom have some form of cognitive impairment, and involve allegations of

sexual assault.The impetus for this report stems primarily from the office’s long held concerns about

the impact on residents of strains experienced by the SRS sector, where

inappropriate resident mix and inadequate services and support frequently put

resident safety at risk.

This report also seeks to take advantage of the opportunity for action presented

by the new Supported Residential Services (Private Proprietors) Act 2010. For example, the development

of new manuals for SRS staff and proprietors and the additional training delivered by

the Department of Health (DoH) regulators present excellent opportunities for all

involved to improve their response to sexual assault allegations.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : The Office of the Public Advocate report

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Housing and the built environment, Safety and security

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