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CCTV pilot begins in SA disability homes

Enhancing the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable South Australians living with disability is the focus of a state-first CCTV (closed-circuit television) camera pilot which has begun in state-run disability homes.

Following extensive consultation with clients, families, guardians, staff and stakeholders, the three month-trial has begun in two southern suburbs homes in which 10 people living with disability are supported by the Department of Human Services’ (DHS), Accommodation Services.

The privacy of clients and staff is a key priority — and the pilot is operating with the consent of residents and their guardians.

We have listened to calls from families and clients about their desire to implement a CCTV camera trial.

This pilot will allow DHS to thoroughly assess the benefits and challenges of using CCTV systems in state-operated residential properties for people with disability.

The use of CCTV has the potential to add an additional layer of safety and security for people living with disability, as well as for staff who are some of the most dedicated and committed workers of any sector.

The pilot will allow DHS to assess whether visual surveillance can contribute to a greater sense of security, while maintaining the privacy and dignity of people in their home.

Disability support work can present complex and challenging situations and anything we can do to improve safeguards for people living with disability is worth exploring.

CCTV devices will only be placed in common areas of the homes and allows footage to be recorded and stored for later review only if an incident in reported.

Throughout the trial, input from people living in the two homes and their staff will be collated so the department can then evaluate their feedback.

The pilot is costing an estimated $30,000.

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