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Safeguarding People’s Right to be Free from Abuse

Lynne, Coulson Barr,

Published Literature


Our learnings tell us that systemically, when people who provide services do not have as their key driver a person centred and rights based approach to their work, less than optimal and sometimes adverse outcomes result for people with a disability. This first paper deals with one of the most disturbing of issues which can occur in disability service provision, namely alleged assaults or abuse of clients by staff entrusted to provide care and support. These incidents adversely affect not only those directly involved, but also the confidence of other clients, families and staff in relation to the disability service system. We acknowledge that the vast majority of staff working in disability services are committed to, and do provide, positive

care and assistance to the people they support and it is vital for them to feel part of a dedicated strategy to safeguard people’s rights to be free from abuse.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Disability Services Commissioner, Victoria, Australia

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Safety and security

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