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Safeguarding

Safeguarding of the rights of individuals who are vulnerable is a focus for the Disability Services Commission, with the adoption of the National Standards for Disability Services (‘Standards’). All of the Standards have a safeguarding function, and Standard 1: Rights and Standard 4: Feedback and Complaints provide a particular focus on safeguarding.

In line with the Standards, the Commission will evaluate how services facilitate and support safeguarding of individuals rights and outcomes as part of the Quality System.

Safeguarding of individuals who are vulnerable is not a new consideration for disability service organisations and has always been embedded in practice. To promote understanding and best practice in safeguarding of individuals who are vulnerable, and facilitate the implementation of the Standards, the Commission has developed the Individual Safeguarding Position Paper. The paper (can be downloaded below) was informed by broad sector consultations in 2012/13 for the project, 'Independent support and safeguarding for individuals considered most vulnerable'. The paper aims to promote understanding and best practice in safeguarding for individuals who are vulnerable.

Disability service organisations have a responsibility to protect and support the rights of all people with disability who use their service. This includes ensuring the wellbeing and safety of people with disability at all times. People who work in disability service organisations must speak up if they see, suspect or hear about an incident or allegation of ill-treatment or neglect in relation to a person with disability in the care of their organisation.

Our community has zero tolerance for the abuse and neglect of people with disability. People working in disability service organisations who know or suspect there has been ill-treatment or neglect of a person with disability in the care of their organisation, have a responsibility to take action in a prompt and sensitive way. It’s the right thing to do – and a legal requirement under disability services legislation.

To find out what to do if you are concerned about the wellbeing or safety of a person with disability, refer to the fact sheet below: What do I do if I am concerned about the wellbeing or safety of a person with disability?

Related documents

PDF versions (also available in Word below)

Individual Safeguarding Position Paper
Safeguarding - key considerations for disability service providers 
What do I do if I am concerned about the wellbeing or safety of a person with disability? 

Word versions

Individual Safeguarding Position Paper
Safeguarding - key considerations for disability service providers 
What do I do if I am concerned about the wellbeing or safety of a person with disability?