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Discussion Paper: services for vulnerable people

The ACT Government has today released a Discussion Paper about approaches for minimising and eliminating restrictive practices in services for vulnerable people in the ACT.

The release of the Discussion Paper marks the start of public consultation about how the ACT can reduce restrictive practices, the extent that an Office of the Senior Practitioner could help this, and other matters regarding additional oversight for disability service providers.

The Discussion Paper was developed in consultation with local peak bodies and prepared by community agency JFA Purple Orange.  Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, Rachel Stephen-Smith, said “It is important we work to ensure the most vulnerable Canberrans are supported in ways that protect their rights and build their chances of a good life”

People can participate in the consultations in a number of ways, including attending one of a number of face-to-face events, and participating in an online survey.

The consultation will run from today until 17 March 2017.

For more information about how to participate, please visit the consultation website www.actosp.org.au.

Following the consultation, a report on proposed arrangements will be prepared for the ACT Government which will include recommendations on any further technical consultation required to finalise the operational details, or system to minimise and eliminate restrictive practices.

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