Journal article

Barriers and Enablers to Safeguarding Children and Adults within a Disability Services Context: Insights from an Australian Delphi Study

Goetz Ottmann, Keith McVilly, Julie Anderson, Jessica Chapman, Imalka Karlyawasam, Alana Roy, Nahila Satari, Adam Stefano



Research conducted in the 1990s revealed the tragic irony that exposure to the disability support system, and particularly to its institutional forms, was a major risk factor related to the neglect and abuse of children and adults with a disability. Subsequently, a range of policies have been introduced to minimize risk. However, recurring events of abuse and neglect in the disability services sector in high and middle income countries demonstrate that processes geared to safeguard children and adults with a disability from abuse and neglect remain insufficient. To establish the wider fabric of organizational factors that contribute to effective safeguarding practices within the Australian d..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The project received funding from the State Trustees Australia Foundation, Donald Mann Bequest. The authors would like to acknowledge the in kind support of Uniting Care Life Assist, Annecto, Inclusion Melbourne, Northern Support Services, National Disability Services, and FIELD Australia. Also, the authors would like to thank the disability services professionals who donated their time to this project.