No Excuses: Preventing and responding to violence and abuse in disability care
From left: Alistair McEwin, Jane Rosengrave, Colleen Pearce and Graham Head.
"Disability services should employ people with disability to help train support workers."
This is the view of Aboriginal self-advocate Jane Rosengrave, a survivor of institutional abuse at Pleasant Creek, Victoria, at a forum to discuss the safeguarding arrangements to protect NDIS participants with disability from violence and abuse held on 12 November 2018.
The forum, organised by the Office of the Public Advocate in conjunction with Future Social Services Institute (FSSI), RMIT, was moderated by the Public Advocate Colleen Pearce and featured Federal Disability Discrimination Commissioner from the Australian Human Rights Commission, Alistair McEwin, and inaugural NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Commissioner, Graham Head.
Ms Rosengrave shared her story, which highlighted how her early abuse and dependence upon others for care made her susceptible to entering into subsequent abusive relationships. It was only after a brain operation to treat her epilepsy that she felt she could leave a relationship where she was being abused by her carer.
Mr McEwin and Mr Head then spoke about the roles of their organisations in preventing and responding to abuse in disability care. The audience then had an opportunity to ask questions, many of which were directed to Mr Head. There was a lot of interest in trying to understand how the new NDIS Quality and Safeguarding framework would work on the ground.
FSSI is a partnership between the Victorian Council of Social Service and RMIT University, supported by the Victorian Government.
It supports the not-for-profit social service sector and its workforce to be service-delivery leaders at a time of major growth and disruption. It co-produces leading training, education, information and research to support a highly skilled paid and unpaid workforce.