Safety strategies used by people with intellectual disability

Feeling safe and strategies to keep yourself safe are important to us all. Where a person has a significant reliance on support staff and support services, or lives in a group home with other people, different strategies might be used and different challenges faced.

In 2013, the Public Advocate partnered with Griffith University and the former Office of the Adult Guardian (now Office of the Public Guardian) to conduct a small‐scale, participatory research project into the ways that people with intellectual disability keep themselves safe at home.

The results of the study were incorporated into an article—Safe at home? Factors influencing the safety strategies used by people with intellectual disability (PDF, 129.5 KB)—which was written by Sally Robinson and published in the Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research.

The Public Advocate published a summary of the important points from the article (PDF, 137.3 KB).


To read the Public Advocate’s submissions seeking to influence legislation and policy for people with disability click here.