Safe at Home review by the Home Office: abuse of disabled people at home by paid or unpaid care workers, PAs or support workers
Meeting for Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations
Date: 13th July 2022
Time: 10.30pm to 1pm
Location: Via Zoom
Please register to attend.
Click on the following link to register: Safe at Home Review 13 July 10.30am
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
British Sign Language and palantypist communication support provided.
Meeting for Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations, organised by Stay Safe East and Inclusion London
As disabled people, many of us rely on others for personal care or support with daily living. Personal assistants, paid or unpaid carers, support workers for people with learning difficulties, or people with experience of mental distress, are often people we know well; they become part of our lives, ‘family; sometimes, and we trust them. But sometimes ‘carers’ become abusers – physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse of disabled people by carers is real. Unfortunately disabled victims may have little access to support or to justice.
The Department for Health and Social Care and the Home Office are conducting a review into abuse by paid and informal ‘carers’. This was a commitment made by the Minister during the passage of the Domestic Abuse Act through Parliament last year. The Domestic Abuse Act protects victims of abuse by partners or family members but does not protect victims from abuse by non-family members.
We don’t expect you to be an expert. We want to hear your thoughts and experiences. We especially want to know what works and what doesn’t, and what you want to see change.
At the meeting we will:
- Discuss how we want to approach the review as DDPOs committed to the rights of disabled people
- Gather evidence from DDPOs of abuse of disabled people by paid and informal paid or unpaid carers
- Identify the barriers your clients may face to accessing support or justice
- Find out what DDPOs think needs to change in this area