ECAV’s Disability and Sexual Violence (DSV) Portfolio Team was established in 2020.
Our team is focused on enhancing specialist therapeutic service accessibility for children, young people and adults with disability who have been sexually assaulted, as well as children and young people with disability who have engaged in problematic and/or harmful sexual behaviours.
This work aligns with the vision, guiding principles, objectives and strategic priorities to strengthen NSW Health’s response to violence, abuse and neglect outlined in the Integrated Prevention and Response to Violence, Abuse and Neglect Framework (IPARVAN).
Our portfolio is an integral part of NSW Health’s response to The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (2017).
The ECAV DSV Portfolio team has been commissioned by the NSW Ministry of Health Programs Delivery Office (PDO).
Our role is to implement a state-wide Access Strategy for People with Disability: 2021- 2025 (the Access Strategy) for NSW Health Sexual Assault and New Street Services.
View the Access Strategy in Standard Format, Screen Reader Access or Easy Read version.
A central tenet to our Access Strategy is to ensure that people with disability take a leading role and are equal partners through a co-design framework.
The ECAV DSV team are working alongside our Co-Design Advisory Committee (CDAC). CDAC membership includes people with a range of disabilities across the age spectrum, with representation from First Nations, CALD and LGBTIQ communities.
CDAC’s key responsibilities include:
- Applying a human rights framework to the design and operationalisation of the strategy.
- Monitoring and evaluation of strategy priority outcomes.
- Linking and connecting with the disability community.
- Identifying and nominating membership for the Co-Production Expert Panel (CPEP). The role of the CPEP is to contribute to the co-production and implementation of key resources, training and activities outlined in the Access Strategy.
The NSW Health Disability Sexual Violence Workforce Development Standards Committee will complement the work of CDAC in providing strategic direction and governance to the Access Strategy. Membership includes consumer representation and other key experts from the Disability sector, NSW Health, other government agencies and NGO partners.
Our Training and Workforce Development
ECAV recognises that people with disability experience exploitation and multiple forms of violence, abuse and neglect including sexual violence. Significant barriers in seeking support and securing safety persist.
Our Access Strategy promotes evidence based best practices related to specialist therapeutic service accessibility for children, young people and adults with disability who have been sexually assaulted, as well as children and young people with disability who have engaged in problematic and/or harmful sexual behaviours.
The Strategy’s priorities include:
- Building and maintaining high quality resources
- Improving service provision, expertise and knowledge
- Promoting and embedding disability inclusive service design
- Educate for leadership and partnership
- Improve cross sector collaboration
These priorities will be delivered across all NSW Health Sexual Assault and New Street Services in NSW.
Outside of the Strategy’s implementation, our team will also:
- Provide co-designed foundational and specialist training for a range of service providers working with people with disability who have experienced sexual assault, as well as other forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
- Provide consultation and facilitate the inclusion of disability content within VAN state-wide practice forums and roundtables, as well as within ECAV’s other training programs and portfolios.
- Participate in clinical presentations and peer discussions to build and strengthen a Disability Community of Practice for VAN services.
Courses are currently under development. For further information please contact Belinda Green on Belinda.Green1@health.nsw.gov.au.