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Abuse and neglect

Abuse, neglect and violence are not okay. Freedom from abuse, neglect and violence is a basic human right. Suitsme has zero tolerance for abuse, neglect or violence.

Types of abuse

These may include:

  • Physical abuse such as punching, hitting, slapping, burning, etc.
  • Sexual abuse; forcing someone to take part in sexual activity against their will.
  • Psychological or emotional abuse such as threatening, harassing or intimidating a person.
  • Financial abuse which refers to the wrongful use of another person’s assets or denying a person the use of their own assets.
  • Use of constraints or restrictive practices outside of clinical recommendations and parameters in relevant plans.
  • Legal or civil abuse; unfair legal action initiated with selfish or malicious intent.
  • Systemic abuse; where a system enables or encourages abuse.

Types of neglect

These may include:

  • Physical neglect: the failure to provide adequate food, shelter, clothing and protection, supervision, medical or dental care that places people at undue risk through unsafe environments or practices.
  • Passive neglect: withholding or failure to provide the necessities of life.
  • Willful deprivation: willfully denying a person assistance and thereby exposing that person to the risk of physical, mental or emotional harm.
  • Emotional neglect: restricting the social, intellectual and emotional growth or well-being of a person.

As an organisation Suitsme is committed to acting on:

  • Anything that makes a person with disability be or feel unsafe.
  • Anything that doesn’t support a person’s human rights.
  • Anything that we could be doing better.

Suitsme culture

Suitsme fosters a culture where it is safe to report that abuse has occurred. This means that we protect the confidentiality of those who report, take all reports seriously and ensure a “no wrong door” approach to reporting.

If abuse or neglect is reported to a support worker, they must inform their manager immediately (within 1 hour of the client disclosing to them). Abuse or neglect are a serious incident and the worker must follow the Incident management document.

Suitsme will refer any allegations of abuse, neglect or violence to the police. Suitsme will follow police advice regarding conducting their own investigation into the matter. Where the alleged perpetrator is a Suitsme staff member, Suitsme will conduct an internal investigation. Suitsme will use the following resource to guide any investigation into abuse and neglect.

If you would like to know more about abuse and neglect and how to recognise when it is occurring, you can learn more here.