Living in a group home: hearing, finding and recommending

What has the Disability Royal Commission heard?

The Disability Royal Commission has heard from Autistic people about their experiences of living in a group home for people with disability. It has also heard about barriers to independent living, including poor attitudes and the lack of affordable and accessible housing options.

It has heard from:

  • Maree about her Autistic daughter Jane’s experience of sexual abuse in a group home, the challenges in trying to seek justice for Jane and the impacts the abuse has had on every aspect of her life.
  • Will and Jenny about the experiences of their Autistic son Ben and other residents in a group home. They also shared their ideas on how Supported Independent Living providers could improve their service delivery.
  • an unnamed mother who spoke about the experiences of her Autistic daughter in a group home, the problems with staff casualisation and the difficulties her daughter faced due to “a succession of casual staff” who did not know her.

What has the Disability Royal Commission found?

The Disability Royal Commission has identified numerous factors leading to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability living in group homes or other forms of supported accommodation. These factors include:

  • a lack of choice and control about where and with whom people live.
  • a lack of choice and control over service providers.
  • inadequate oversight and safety protocols.
  • poorly qualified and inexperienced support workers.

It is investigating these factors further and how people in group homes, and other forms of supported accommodation, may be better supported and protected in the future.

What has the Disability Royal Commission recommended?

We will update this page when the Disability Royal Commission makes recommendations to improve the experience of Autistic people living in group homes or other forms of supported accommodation.

For more information, please see Disability Royal Commission’s  Interim Report  and Public Hearing Report 3 – The experience of living in a group home for people with disability.

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