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Information for families and friends of the people we support 8 June 2021

Information for families and friends of the people we support

Update as at 8 June 2021

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

Yesterday, the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability commenced a public hearing in Adelaide at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The focus of the hearing is on preventing and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in disability services in South Australia. The Commission is hearing from families, experts and government staff.

Some of the information shared may be very difficult to hear, and we acknowledge and respect the courage it takes for individuals and families to share their stories. It’s vital to shine a light on the experiences of people with disability and the practices of a sector that has undergone major changes over recent years.

The Royal Commission is dedicated to the safety and wellbeing of people living with disability, and this is a purpose we wholeheartedly share. While we regularly make improvements to our service that enhance the safety and wellbeing of our clients, the department looks forward to receiving any recommendations the Commission may make about our service specifically, or the disability sector broadly.

We will continue to share updates with all our clients’ families and guardians about this week’s public hearing in Adelaide. If you have any questions or concerns about the services your family or friend receives from us, please do not hesitate to contact your service coordinator or anyone in management (including us).

All public hearings of the Royal Commission are recorded and streamed live on the Royal Commission website, and have live captioning and Auslan-English interpreters.  Blue Knot Foundation offers free, specialist counselling support for anyone affected by the Disability Royal Commission or you can contact your service coordinator if you require any extra support from us.

For further information on the Adelaide public hearing, you can visit the Disability Royal Commission website.

Lois Boswell
Chief Executive, Department of Human Services

Joe Young
Executive Director, Disability Services

Muriel Kirkby
Director, Accommodation Services

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