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Disability Services Commissioner (DSC) offers a range of downloadable resources and other educational materials for service providers to help promote and build a strong and positive complaints culture.
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‘Jane’s Story’ is a short video that tells the powerful real life story of Jane and her son Nick. Focusing on the challenges they faced when Nick first moved into a group home, Jane talks about:
We recommend this video as a valuable resource for disability service providers committed to supporting their staff to work more effectively with families.
The following guide allows you to use ‘Jane’s Story’ as part of a professional development activity for staff. You may also be interested in our Occasional Paper no. 2: Families and Service Providers Working Together.
‘Everything you wanted to know about complaints…’ is a booklet that has been developed to provide advice and tips for service providers in preparing for, resolving and reviewing the handling of complaints about their services.
People’s right to speak up about what’s working, and not working, with their disability supports is important. This booklet is a useful reference to help your organisation to further enhance your approach to handling complaints and ensuring an environment exists where people feel that ‘It’s OK to complain!’
The following two checklists have been developed for use by service providers in reviewing their existing practices:
This ‘Good Practice Guide and Self-Audit Tool’ was developed to assist disability service providers to develop and review their complaints management process to ensure that it is responsive and accessible to people with a disability and forms part of a broader quality culture that sees complaints as an opportunity for service improvement.
This second edition of the ‘Good Practice Guide and Self-Audit Tool’ will assist your organisation to assess the extent to which your systems and culture promote an environment where people believe that ‘It’s OK to complain!’
‘Investigations: Guidance for Service Providers’ is a booklet that has been developed to provide guidance to disability service providers undertaking investigations of staff-to-client assaults and unexplained injuries. The aim is to promote practice that addresses both the experience of the person with a disability and the staff member subject to the allegation.
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Encouraging people who access your services to give feedback or complain about the supports you provide not only empowers those individuals but also provides an opportunity to improve the overall quality of the services you provide.
The ‘Complaints Systems & Practice Self-Audit – Quick checklist’ is designed to give you a snapshot of the progress your organisation has made in developing a positive complaints culture. The checklist will also assist you to identify and prioritise areas of your complaints management system that you may want or need to develop further.
The checklist covers key components of Quality Framework Industry Standard 7 and the Disability Act 2006. This enables you to assess progress in legislative and regulatory compliance obligations and assist in preparations for the independent monitoring process that service providers are required to undertake.
The aim of the Complaints Culture Surveys is to identify, based on feedback from the people you support, their families, carers, advocates and staff at all levels of the organisation, the degree to which the message ‘It’s OK to Complain!’ applies to your organisation. The surveys will identify areas where you are doing well and areas where you could further improve.
It is important to note that each person who completes a complaints culture survey does so from their own perspective and that each perspective is legitimate based on their experience and perception of the organisation and its culture.
It is up to each organisation as to how the results of the surveys are collated and actioned. An approach we recommend would be to collate the responses on the basis of positive, neutral and negative responses and, in conjunction with representatives from each of the stakeholder groups, use the following questions (and any others you think relevant) to analyse the results:
Where have you done well and how can you build on this?
Once this process is completed, we recommend that consideration is given to how the results of the surveys, and any actions arising, will be communicated to each stakeholder group.
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