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1 Abuse Prevention and Response Protocol. 2 The Abuse Prevention and Response Protocol Basic Contents Section A: Context for Addressing Abuse Section.

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1 1 Abuse Prevention and Response Protocol

2 2 The Abuse Prevention and Response Protocol Basic Contents Section A: Context for Addressing Abuse Section B: Focus on Prevention Section C: Response and Reporting

3 3 Section A: Context for Addressing Abuse

4 4 What the Protocol is Provincial Policy Purpose Educate about abuse prevention Respond to abuse when it occurs Identify processes Identify accountability measures

5 5 Context PDD Community Governance Act PDD Program Branch PDD Community Board

6 6 Section B: Focus on Prevention

7 7 Strengthening the Protocol An increased focus on abuse prevention Proactive approach rather than reactive

8 8 Understanding Vulnerabilities Why are individuals with developmental disabilities at risk for abuse?

9 9 Understanding Vulnerabilities Power imbalances Negative attitudes Learning to be compliant Isolation and protection Lack of knowledge about relationships and sexuality

10 10 How to Reduce Risks Knowledge and Information Promoting Inclusion Strengthening Natural Supports

11 11 Knowledge and Information Individuals and staff need to be educated and informed on prevention Knowledge is power Boundaries, such as Ethics of Touch Social and Sexual Behavior How to say “no” Opportunity for healthy relationships

12 12 Inclusion Meaningful Inclusion Shift in thinking from “client” to citizen Focus on strengths and abilities

13 13 Natural Supports Staff should not be the focal point in an individual’s life Focus should be on assisting in developing natural relationships

14 14 Expectations PDD Program and Community Boards Service provider organizations and families/others that hire privately Staff who are hired to provide supports

15 15 Section C Reporting and Response

16 16 Protocol’s Definition of Abuse When a staff person misuses their authority by acting in a way that causes harm or potentially causes harm to individuals receiving PDD funded supports

17 17 Abuse Abuse occurs in many ways People use different terms to describe abuse PDD identifies six categories of abuse

18 18 Types of Abuse Physical Abuse Sexual Abuse Emotional Abuse

19 19 Types of Abuse Cont’d Negligence Exploitation Inappropriate use of Restrictive Procedures

20 20 Taking Action on Concerns Ethical Responsibility to Take Action Authority Related to Allegations

21 21 Becoming Aware of Abuse Witnessing it Through physical evidence Through behavioural indicators Through a report from a third party, or Through a disclosure by the alleged victim

22 22 Receiving a Disclosure of Abuse Do not promise to keep the information you are receiving a secret Be prepared to listen immediately to the allegation Do not ask questions of the individual specific to the allegation

23 23 Take Immediate Action If you witness abuse, stop it Ensure the safety of the alleged victim Seek medical assistance if required Report the abuse

24 24 Obligation to Report If staff reasonably suspects or believes that an individual has been or is being abused, they are expected to immediately report the matter.

25 25 Where to Report Allegations The obligation to report under the Protocol is not fulfilled until the appropriate person(s) have been informed. The Executive Director/Designate Family/other who hire privately PDD Community Board

26 26 Links with PPIC Act Protection for Persons in Care Act PDD has specific settings that fall under the Act Changes to the Act anticipated Fall 2009

27 27 Reporting to PDD Service provider organizations or families/others who hire privately report all allegations of abuse to PDD Report allegations of abuse as they occur Provide preliminary report to PDD within one working day Community Boards forward this data to the PDD Program Branch quarterly

28 28 Reviews Who does internal reviews Who does external reviews Process considerations for reviews are outlined in the Protocol

29 29 Follow-up on Reviews Follow-up with interim or final report within 30 days Action plan implemented by service provider or family/other who hires privately PDD Community Board designate will monitor implementation of action plan

30 30 Reviews and Follow-up Founded Unfounded Inconclusive Incomplete

31 31 Everyone Has a Role Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Families/Guardians Community members Support staff Service provider organizations PDD

32 32 Abuse Prevention and Response Protocol Discussion Where do we go from here?


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