- Joint protocol to reduce contact of people with disability in supported accommodation with the criminal justice system – NSW Ombudsman. People with cognitive and/or mental health impairments are over-represented in the criminal justice system. Some of their contact with police is in relation to minor offences or in response to behaviour that would be best managed using trauma-informed and person-centred approaches to support. To seek to reduce the unnecessary contact of people with disability in supported accommodation with the criminal justice system, the Ombudsman’s office has developed a Joint Protocol for disability services and police. There is also a one page Fact Sheet.
- Disability-related events calendar 2017: The Australian Network on Disability has compiled a list of key disability and health-related campaigns and events scheduled throughout the year.
- Explainer: what is traumatic brain injury? A traumatic brain injury is when the brain is damaged by an external mechanical force, like the type you may have in a car accident, if you fall, play sport or if you are assaulted. Mostly, it’s young adults, particularly men, who are affected. But many elderly people may get a traumatic brain injury when they fall. Australia has a growing population of survivors of traumatic brain injury. This is due to the young age of most victims and decreased death rates due to better treatment. Traumatic brain injury is expected to be a major cause of disability by 2020.
- Headspace have created this resource for young people aged between 12-25 needing information relating to general mental health, physical health, work & study and drugs & alcohol.
Safe at home? Housing decisions for women leaving family violence. Internationally, domestic violence policy has shifted towards supporting women to stay at home with the perpetrator of violence excluded. However, the practical realities indicate that this is a complex arena in which the rhetoric of rights for “women and children to stay in their own home” needs to be underpinned by additional support to provide safety and protection for those choosing this option.
- Bringing Them Home 20 years on: an action plan for healing. This report from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation outlines how we can actively support healing for Stolen Generations and their descendants. There needs to be commitment to making change. We all have a responsibility to do this together.
- How to get the NDIS On Track – The NDIS is the right reform for Australia; but the scale and complexity of implementation is placing enormous pressure on all stakeholders. Some of this pressure is an inevitable consequence of large-scale change, but some is avoidable. In this paper, NDS proposes practical measures to reduce the avoidable pressure and risk – and so improve the implementation and secure the future of the NDIS.
- Co-option, Coercion and Compromise – Challenges of Restorative Justice in Victoria – Restorative justice (RJ) encompasses a widely diverging set of practices whereby those most affected by crime are encouraged to meet, to discuss the effects of harms caused by one party to another, and to agree upon the best possible redress of harms when appropriate. This paper examines the use of the Youth Justice Group Conferencing Program in Victoria, Australia, drawing from interviews with conference conveners.
- Operational Guidance for NSW Mainstream Services on the Interface with the NDIS outlines working arrangements to be developed in order to provide consistency in the intersections between the NDIS and mainstream NSW services. Client pathways will reflect how people interact locally with the NDIS and other services in NSW. Effective interface between the NDIS and other service systems (mainstream systems) is critical for people to smoothly transition into the NDIS and achieve positive outcomes.
- Three booklets providing simple guides have been published by ADHC (NSW Family and Community Services) for people with disability, their family and carers on how to get help with their life and a home that’s right for them – ‘My Life- Things to think about’ and two booklets on: ‘Somewhere to Live – What help can you get?’. The website also has other resources – including the Active Support videos, Service Provider Guidelines/Resource Kit and Oral Care resources.
- NSW Council for Intellectual Disability (NSW CID) website has many resources for people working with and for people with intellectual disability, to help them to speak up about the big issues and to change things for the better!
- NSW Fair Trading provide plain English Informed Choice Postcards for people with disability concerning: renting a home, buying a used car, avoiding scams, shopping rights and hiring a service. They also have another ‘Its OK’ Postcard concerning not being pressured by salespeople.
- If you are looking for a speaker, NSW Fair Trading will come to speak at no charge, to help inform your organisation on consumer rights.
- NSW Ombudsman’s Community and Disability Services provide links to help with:
1) Responding to alleged abuse and neglect in disability services – a flowchart.
2) Early response to abuse and neglect in disability services – a quick guide.
3) Resource guide for disability services – initial and early response to abuse or neglect in disability services.
4) The rights stuff – tips for solving problems and making complaints.
- NSW NDIS complaints pathways flyer has been produced by the NSW Ombudsman for how to make a complaint about an NDIS issue.
- NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework provides a nationally consistent approach to help empower and support NDIS participants to exercise choice and control, while ensuring appropriate safeguards are in place and establishes expectations for providers and their staff to deliver high quality supports.
- Legal Aid NSW published four easy read booklets about police powers in October 2016, covering the following areas:
- Police Powers: Find out your Rights in NSW – Book 1 – Questions
- Police Powers: Find out your Rights in NSW – Book 2 – Searches
- Police Powers: Find out your Rights in NSW – Book 3 – Arrest: On the street
- Police Powers: Find out your Rights in NSW – Book 4 – Arrest: At the police station
The Grand Challenges Program has been established by UNSW Sydney to lead the debate and shape the public discourse on the greatest issues facing humanity and to facilitate these critical discussions. In the process raise awareness of the ground-breaking research and excellent initiatives undertaken at UNSW. There are currently three declared Grand Challenge topics –Inequality, as well as Climate Change and Refugees & Migrants.
Mind Australia offers a range of family and carer support services to help support people caring for someone with mental health issues. This can be stressful, and sometimes carers need support themselves. . They have created a carer resource hub, developed to help families, friends and carers find the most useful online resources available in the mental health sector.
- Resources for consumers with disability: When your clients pay for a product or service yourself, as an NDIS participant, or through the state disability support system – they have consumer rights. There are a number of resources from Australia’s consumer protection agencies designed to help them understand and use these rights – with a range of educational materials to help people understand their consumer rights and use these rights if something they pay for isn’t right. If your clients buy any goods or services, including disability related goods or services, there is also an easy to read factsheet: Information for consumers with disability designed to help them understand their rights under Australian Consumer Law.
- Transition from prison for people with an intellectual disability: a qualitative study of service professionals. People with intellectual disability face a range of challenges on their release from prison due both to their own needs and the complexity of the service delivery system, which can make effective service delivery difficult. Representatives of disability and justice-related agencies in Queensland and Western Australia were interviewed for this research. The findings will be useful to policymakers and those who work in corrections, disability support and related sectors.
- Person Centred Resource List – a Family and Community Services (FACS) listing of Person Centred Resources available in NSW, with links to those resources.
- Vulnerable young people: interactions across homelessness, youth justice and child protection. Young people with a history of traumatic family experiences or involvement in the criminal justice system are more likely to be homeless. This report examines the demographics, personal circumstances, service provision and housing outcomes for 3 cohorts of young people.
- Alcohol and other drug use by young people with a mental illness. A peak in the onset of mental illness between the ages of 12 and 25 coincides with the first time exposure to alcohol and other drugs for many young people. This policy paper identifies future directions for the integrated delivery of mental health and alcohol and other drug services for young people.
- Abuse is not ok. Everyone has the right to speak up. Scope was supported by the Victorian Government to produce the ‘Speak Up and Be Safe’ communication toolkit and resources for people with communication difficulties- to assist individuals to identify, speak up, be safe and report abuse.
- The CCWT Training Handbook 2017 is out now! You’re able to choose from over 250 workshops in 12 learning areas to enhance your skills or to gain a Certificate or Diploma. To view the full CCWT training program or to download the CCWT Training Handbook for 2017, visit the CCWT website.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project – the government released the report on November 10, summarising the evidence-base for what works in Indigenous community-led suicide prevention and presents tools to support Indigenous suicide prevention activity.
- The Senate report on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience of law enforcement and justice services – October 2016
- NDIA ‘Getting it Right’ project – Generally it is assumed that the NDIS involves a transition from people’s engagement with existing disability support to the NDIS. However, in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community there are many individuals with disability who have never been engaged or have had quite limited support from existing disability agencies. This project demonstrated there was a high level of unmet need for disability support in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait community.
- Responding to Young People Offending – Remarks of the Hon Marilyn Warren AC, Chief Justice of Victoria at The Hon Austin Asche AC QC Oration in Law and Governance, Charles Darwin University, 11 October 2016.
- Meeting the Needs of Aboriginal People with Disability – Aboriginal people with disability are far more likely to: acquire a disability due to a preventable health condition such as diabetes, experience multiple barriers to their meaningful participation in community life and multiple layers of discrimination, to be unemployed, to have withdrawn or not accessed an education at all and to have not accessed a service. This presentation is a Call to Action from First Peoples Disability Network.
- Introduction to Intellectual Disability (IDRS): Intellectual disability is a disability which occurs in the developmental period of life (i.e. before the age of 18) and is characterised by below average intellectual functioning. Most people with intellectual disability are born with the disability. Clinically, and for the purposes of proving in a court that a person has an intellectual disability, intellectual disability is best assessed by a psychologist as: an IQ of 70 or under PLUS deficits in at least 2 areas of adaptive behaviour, ie: communication, self-care, home living, social skills, self direction, learning, leisure and work.
- Human Rights in Disability Services – is a free online training program for disability support workers, developed by NDS. The program explores what human rights are and how they apply to your work in disability services. The course involves five interactive online training modules that take about 20 minutes to complete. They can be done all at once or spaced out over time.
- ‘Pathways to Protection and Permanency: Getting it Right for Children, Young People and Families‘, was the theme of ACWA’s recent 2016 Sydney Conference. Almost all of the presentations from that conference are now available as downloadable PDFs on the ACWA website.
- Justice Reinvestment: investing in communities not prisons. Research shows that smart investment which tackles the causes of crime can be cost effective. Justice reinvestment is a new approach that redirects money spent on prisons to community-based initiatives which aim to address the underlying causes of crime. It promises to cut crime and save money.
- Zero Tolerance is an initiative led by NDS in partnership with the disability sector. Built around a national evidence-based framework, it aims to assist disability service providers to understand, implement and improve practices which safeguard the rights of people they support. NDS is proud to unveil the new Zero Tolerance website, which, as part of this important initiative, offers resources and outlines strategies for service providers to improve prevention, early intervention and response to abuse, neglect and violence experienced by people with disability.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives on recurrent and indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment. A submission to the Senate Inquiry on the Indefinite Detention of People with cognitive and Psychiatric impairment – First Peoples Disability Justice Consortium.
- Nowhere to Turn (August 2016) – the Ontario Ombudsman investigation into the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services’ response to situations of crisis involving adults with developmental disabilities.
- Nobody Made the Connection (2012): The prevalence of neurodisability in young people who offend. This report, published by the UK Children’s Commissioner, presents a review of published evidence in relation to the following research questions: What is the prevalence of various neurodevelopmental disorders amongst young people within the youth justice system, and what are the key issues for policy and practice associated with these levels of prevalence?
- Taking Account of Maturity: A Guide for Probation Practitioners. This paper, jointly published by the University of Birmingham, The Barrow Cadbury Trust and the Transition to Adulthood Alliance in the UK, explores the concept of maturity and its implications for work with young adults in the Criminal Justice System.
- Resolve is a smartphone app that helps young people who have been in care on their journey to independence. Download it via Windows, Google Play and Apple App store. This app is a joint project between FACS, CREATE Foundation and the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability. Resolve was built specifically for care leavers and provides original information, advice and links to relevant services for the young people we work with. Just a click away, it has advice about identity, relationships, health, education and employment, finance, housing and accommodation, and living skills.
- The legal issues faced by the not-for-profit sector are unique – this website is designed to provide legal information tailored for the not-for-profit sector. Getting these issues right at the start will save considerable time, money, administrative headaches and possible legal difficulties for your organisation down the track – these pages address the key issues to think about when getting started. It also includes a web application that will guide you though the key decisions that you need to make. The Framework is free, and once completed will email you a tailored report about your organisation.
- The Conversation has published a number of articles on Aboriginal Imprisonment, and in particular Aboriginal people with disabilities. On this one page are links to all the articles that have been published in the past year.
- Intellectual Disability Rights Service (IDRS) is a specialist legal advocacy service for people with intellectual disability in New South Wales, working with and for people with intellectual disability to exercise and advance their rights. IDRS publish a wide range of factsheets, training resources and policy documents.
- NDIA Presentation – Working with Justice Participants – provides learning from Barwon in Victoria on how they supported families and participants with exceptionally complex situations and needs, requiring specialised planning and strategic implementation of intensive supports, within the NDIS. As a result of the intensity and multiple support networks involved in these participant’s lives, a Complex Team was created to address these difficult situations; consisting of experienced Planners with prior work history working with Justice/Health/Education and Child Protection interfaces. This team would also provide a secondary consult to other teams when complex issues were identified within family situations.
- Sydney Law Review – Who is Diverted? Moving beyond Diagnosed Impairment towards a Social and Political Analysis of Diversion. Diversion from the criminal justice system pursuant ofs32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW) is increasingly being deployed as a key response to issues facing people diagnosed with cognitive impairment and/or mental illness in the criminal justice system. This study questions the social and political contexts and analyses the underlying assumptions and systemic effects, with the complex issues in s32 considered, around coercion, disability and criminal law.
- The NSW Criminal Justice Resource Manual (CJRM) was developed to provide guidance and information to staff in the provision of services to people with an intellectual disability who are in, or at risk of, contact with the criminal justice system. It provides a practical, in-depth resource for disability staff who seek information and guidance in the provision of support to people with an intellectual disability. While published in 2009, and so some of the information on legislation and contacts etc. may be out of date, the guidelines provided are still useful.
- Free training in intellectual disability mental health – IDMH (Intellectual Disability Mental Health) e-learning, developed byUNSW, provides a wide range of free online training modules covering intellectual disability mental health, in partnership with Ageing Disability and Home Care, NSW Health and the Health Education and Training Institute.
- Access to justice in the criminal justice system for people with disability – NSW Government submission: Australian Human Rights Commission Issues Paper, September 2013. This submission outlines the main actions of the NSW Government relevant to the barriers identified by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). It includes recent initiatives such as the NSW Law Reform Commission (LRC) inquiry on people with cognitive and mental health impairments in the criminal justice system, Life on Track and Youth on Track.
- Complex Support Needs Planning Resource Kit. This kit was also developed by UNSW, funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, and is intended to strengthen existing good practice and to provide guidance for engaging a person with complex support needs in planning. The kit is aimed at workers in planning or related roles, such as case managers or service coordinators, who engage with people with complex support needs.The Planning Resource Kit focuses on the planning process, which is envisaged as a three-stage process:
- Stage 1: Pre-planning
- Stage 2: Planning conversations
- Stage 3: Plan-to-action
Each of these stages is described in this kit with explanatory notes and a case study example to assist the user to apply the concepts to their planning role. The Planning Resource Kit is designed to be used in conjunction with other planning tools and resources appropriate to the person, the planner, the service sector and the broader context in which the planning is undertaken.
- Clinical Innovation and Governance Directorate, Ageing Disability and Home Care, delivers a range of capacity building supports for the disability sector through the Statewide Behaviour Intervention Service and the Policy and Practice team – providing information and practical resources relating to clinical support (including psychology, behaviour support, occupational therapy, speech pathology, and physiotherapy).
- Core Standards program developed within the Policy & Practice area also includes a Practice Improvement Framework for behaviour support, with a number of e-learning courses and other training resources.
- The National Disability Services (NDS) Centre for Applied Disability Research (CADR) provides a Clearing House repository of links to a wide range of disability research and evaluation resources. It includes links to hundreds of external, third party sites. These sites contain either specific documents/research papers or are gateways to further disability sector resources.
- NSW Law Reform Commission released two reports from that address the issue of people with cognitive and mental impairments and the criminal justice system, and provide background to the Disability Justice Project in NSW:
LRC Report 135 – People with Cognitive Impairments in the CJS – Diversion 2012
LRC Report 138 – People with Cognitive Impairments in the CJS – Criminal Responsibility and Consequences 2013
- Disability Justice Project Framework document, provides an in-depth summary of this project and best practice principles. It is a key component of the overall project and has been designed for use by individual disability service providers and practitioners to embed Disability Justice best practice into their organisation.
- A predictable and preventable path: Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disabilities in the criminal justice system.Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with mental and cognitive disabilities are significantly over-represented in Australian criminal justice systems. However there has been a lack of critically informed evidence, analysis and co-ordinated policy and service response on this most pressing human rights issue.
- The rates of Indigenous imprisonment ‘preventable’ and ‘shameful: The number of Australian prisoners is at an all time high, with 34,000 people currently in jails around the country. And while just 3 per cent of Australians are Indigenous, they make up 27 per cent of the prison population. Thousands have serious mental illness, cognitive impairment, or serious drug and alcohol problems, and in many cases, all of the above. Eileen Baldry, Professor of Criminology at the University of NSW, says these rates of imprisonment are predictable, preventable, and shameful.
- Audio:15 minute interview with Eileen Baldry and Richard Aedy on ABC Radio National’s 2011 ‘Life Matters’ program. Dr. Baldry discusses her research regarding mental health and cognitive disability rates of people in NSW prisons.
- Report: Have you considered how the NDIS may impact on those with cognitive disabilities and contact with the criminal justice system? Read the views of the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability in “Participants or just policed?: Guide to the role of DisabilityCare Australia with people who have intellectual disability who have contact with the criminal justice system”. A summary version is also available.
- Video: University of NSW (UNSW) lecture by Eileen Baldry regarding mental health and cognitive disability in the criminal justice system.