Disability community shocked and dismayed by recent neglect cases

It’s been a traumatic time for Australia’s disability community. In Adelaide, Police are investigating the recent death of Ann Marie Smith, she had cerebral palsy and it’s alleged she died as a result of severe neglect. Earlier this week, the father of a Brisbane girl with Down Syndrome was charged with her murder. Yesterday, authorities discovered two teenage boys with autism locked in a room in squalid conditions, their father lay dead in another room. Each case has angered the community and it’s stoking fear among some who live with a disability.

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Case study, Safeguards and workforce quality, violence, Abuse and Neglect

Rhett Burnie


Date published:
Fri 29th May, 2020