Westhaven’s Statement regarding the Royal Commission
In 2019 the Royal Commission into Violence, Neglect and Exploitation of People with a Disability was announced.
Westhaven supports the announcement of the Royal Commission and welcomes the improvements to the lives and service delivery for people with disabilities that the Royal Commission will bring. We welcome individuals that wish to make submissions to the Commission and will offer support where needed for any of our participants to engage with the Royal Commission. As a result of the Royal Commission, advocacy services have been extended and counselling support are also being made available. Westhaven has also linked to an external counselling service to provide these supports in addition to that of the Royal Commission.
Westhaven is also preparing to respond to the Royal Commission. We want to showcase the changes and improvements we have made over time, to improve the quality and the safety of our services. We are working through an action plan to continue this improvement including staff training and awareness, improved quality assurance with a Quality and Safeguarding Framework, improved incident reporting and follow up and response to complaints all continue to be our focus.
We have allocated two contacts within Westhaven if you wish to discuss the Royal Commission, Anthony Meinecke who is the executive sponsor of the action plan and our preparedness and Timothy Sykes our Director of Client Engagement and Human Resources.
For further information:
Westhaven would like to support all participants and families wishing to engage with the Commission, if you need support, access to counselling or would like general information about the Royal Commission, please contact us by email, phone or via our compliments, complaints and feedback form.
|Royal Commission Website
The Disability Royal Commission was established in April 2019 in response to community concern about widespread reports of violence against, and the neglect, abuse and exploitation of, people with disability. These incidents might have happened recently or a long time ago.
|Royal Commission Submissions Page
You can share your experiences of violence, neglect, abuse or exploitation with the Royal Commission. This helps us learn more about the problem and how we can help prevent it in the future.
|Disability and Carers Facts Sheet
The Australian Government is funding free and independent counselling and advocacy support for people with disability that have experienced violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, as well as their families and carers, and anyone affected by the Disability Royal Commission.