SA disability homes in CCTV trial

Cameras to be trialed in SA disability homes to protect vulnerable

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Pilot program of CCTV cameras in SA disability homes to protect vulnerable.

Pilot program of CCTV cameras in SA disability homes to protect vulnerable.

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Camera pilot program in SA disability homes will only operate with the consent of residents and their guardians.

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CCTV cameras will be placed in state-run disability homes in a three-month trial.

The Department of Human Services is working with clients, families, guardians, staff, stakeholders and unions about how the CCTV will be piloted.

Early consultation supports the $30,000 pilot program being established in one or two properties, each housing up to five residents, with the cameras installed in common areas only.

The program will also feature a system for recording and storing footage for later viewing only if an incident is reported.

"The privacy of clients and staff is a key priority - and the pilot will only operate with the consent of residents and their guardians," a government statement said.

Human Services Minister Michelle Lensink said the use of CCTV had the potential to add an extra layer of safety and security for people living with disability, as well as for staff.

"We're always looking at ways we can improve safeguards for people living with disability - and this pilot will allow us to assess the benefits and challenges of using CCTV systems in state-run disability homes," she said.

MICHELLE LENSINK

MICHELLE LENSINK

"People with disability and their families should have full peace of mind about the quality of care they receive."

Ms Lensink said the cameras would only operate with the consent of residents and their guardians.

"This pilot will provide important information about the value of such a monitoring service to improve the quality of care and support for people living with disability," said Ms Lensink.

"We know that disability support work can present complex and challenging situations and we hope that CCTV will be a useful tool to drive continuous improvement."

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