January 13, 2016

Ombudsman finds 'Shocking abuse of Victorians with disabilities'

'A culture where process appears to be prioritised above the needs and human rights of people.' The Age reports on a Victorian Ombudsman investigation into the way allegations of abuse within the disability sector are managed and acted upon.

The investigation reviewed more than 400 incidents that took place in facilities caring for people with disability and found an oversight system so fragmented, complicated and confusing that even those who work in the field have difficulty understanding who is responsible for what.

The current reporting system was found to be failing at every level, relying on a paper-based tick box form that must be faxed to a government department. Crucially the individual with disability at the centre of the incident is not represented.  

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