Safeguards are laws, rules and programs that are meant to protect our right to live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. People with disability need those safeguards to work well and actually make us safer.
In this submission to the Disability Royal Commission, we talk about the need to strengthen safeguards for people with disability, including:
- Access to education and other personal capacity building measures to help us maintain personal safety in our communities.
- Preventative measures like laws that uphold our rights, official visitor programs and affordable access to police checks.
- Effective complaints mechanisms wherever we use a service or engage with a government department.
- A national independent statutory body in charge of all disability oversight and safeguarding commissions, tribunals and similar groups in Australia.
Our submission in response to the Safeguards and Quality Issues Paper can be found here.