When Policies Aren’t Enough: Why abuse occurs and what can be done about it

Please click here for the PDF flyer – John Armstrong When Policies Aren’t Enough August 2017

When Policies Aren’t Enough:


In this workshop John will explore what is known about human nature and what brings about harm and violence.  He will also explore what other outside factors affect the behaviour of staff and the culture they work within.

In looking at these factors he will explain some of the common myths surrounding neglect, harm and abuse, which include some aspects that may be confronting to attendees.

Because supports and services are used often by people who are not highly valued by society, he will look at how poor quality can lead to neglect and abuse.  For example, we generally find the more people are treated in ways where they are not valued by the support or service, the more likely it is that personal abuse and neglect by staff will happen.  If people are not valued, then abuse and neglect are hard to stop.

Attendees will come away from this workshop with some of the most powerful ways to ensure people’s lives can be safeguarded and protected.

PRESENTED BY: John Armstrong

John is a Senior Social Role Valorisation and PASSING (an SRV based evaluation tool) Trainer and works locally     and internationally to bring these ideas to parents, advocates, workers and agencies as they strive to ensure               people are protected by the roles they hold and the opportunities such roles bring.

COST: (inc GST)

WAiS Members  $ Free (2 Places per organisation)

Non Members    $ 50.00

Includes morning, afternoon tea & lunch

WHERE:  Bendat Parent & Community Centre, 36 Dodd St, Wembley

REGISTRATION:  Click on link below


INFO:  Mary Butterworth 9485 1997 (Thursday’s) or


TUESDAY 22 AUGUST 2017  9.30AM – 4.00PM