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Developmental Safeguards and the NDIS

UpSkill Online Webinar
  • August 25th, 2021 11:30 am
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25 AUGUST 2021
This event is for support coordinators and NDIS allied health professionals:
This webinar explains and shares a range of resources to help you reframe how you think and talk about risk, vulnerability, safety and friendships for the people you support.

Developmental safeguards are the often forgotten but vital safety measure for people with disability. In this webinar Dr Leighton Jay talks about the relationship between friendships and being safe and how you can support this in a person’s life.

When supporting people who have complex disability-related support needs, conversations about things like risk, vulnerability, personal safety and friendships can often begin from the perspective of what a system might require. It could  be a service provider’s system through things like policies and procedures; or regulatory requirements such as those within the Quality and Safeguarding Commission.

While all of these things have their place, they shouldn’t be the starting point for these conversations. What is often overlooked is the individual and their specific context. Many people are perceived to be “vulnerable”, needing to be especially closely “looked after”. 

The reality is that for many people who have high support needs, we need to think more deeply than we usually do about what risk, vulnerability, personal safety and friendship mean. When we do this, a new world of possible approaches opens up. They are approaches that often look much more like customised versions of how people without disability intuitively think about and manage these things in their own lives. 

The evidence strongly suggests that such approaches are more effective, less costly, less bureaucratic and result in people being able to have better lives with more decision-making authority over what happens to them.

In this UpSkill webinar Dr Leighton Jay explains and shares a range of resources to help you reframe how you think and talk about risk, vulnerability, safety and friendships for the people you support.

Who is this for:

  • People working in the disability sector

Presenter: Dr Leighton Jay is a disability sector consultant who assists organisations with strategic projects. His experience as the father of an adult NDIS participant with complex support needs deeply informs his work. He assists organisations to develop and implement contemporary, personalised and individualised approaches that result in better lives and quality services.

Leighton is passionately committed to assisting the NDIS to be the best it can be. He is a member of the Independent Advisory Council (IAC), Co-Chair of the Council’s Home & Living Reference Group and a member of the Intellectual Disability Reference Group. Leighton also works as a Senior Consultant with DSC and is a member of WAiS’s Decision-Making Possibilities Project team.

Until 2013, Leighton was a Senior Lecturer at Curtin University’s School of Management where his interest areas included managing in complex systems, group facilitation, business communication and human resources. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences and has worked with service providers, people, families and government agencies across Australia and in several Canadian provinces since 2014.

DATE: Wednesday 25th August 2021
TIME: 11:30am – 12:45pm AEST
COST: $95 incl. GST

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