The Justice Center’s abuse prevention efforts are critical to advancing its mission to support and protect the health, safety, and dignity of all people with special needs and disabilities. The agency has established layers of safeguards as well as produced materials meant to help providers protect vulnerable persons from abuse and neglect. Those include:
- Pre-employment background checks: reviews the criminal history of all prospective employees or volunteers.
- Staff Exclusion List: individuals who have committed serious or repeated acts of abuse or neglect who are barred for life form working in the service systems under the Justice Center’s jurisdiction.
- Code of Conduct: establishes a uniform set of ethical standards for the treatment of people with special needs.
- Reviews and Corrective Action Plan Audits: addresses concerns that may cause or contribute to abuse, neglect, and other forms of mistreatment and assesses implementation of corrective action plans created in response to incidents.
- Development of abuse prevention materials and tools for staff, people receiving services, families and the community at-large.
Spotlight on Prevention
The information contained in the Justice Center’s Spotlight on Prevention toolkits is offered as a resource for provider agencies and staff. These resources are intended to be used as a guide that may be modified as needed to apply to particular types of programs and specific age groups of vulnerable people.