Minimising Harm in Human Services

While all human services strive to be positive and helpful to those who use their services, the reality is that many of the common practices carried out by human services actually harm people.  We can see this most clearly in an historical context, where there is now general agreement that the old practices of institutionalisation were clearly harmful, even though they were thought to be beneficial at the time by most people.

In this workshop common practices will be analysed in terms of how they can do considerable harm and alternative ways of providing a service are explored.  In particular, the importance of understanding human need is explored and how we need to strive to meet the most fundamental and urgent needs of individuals if we are to really make a positive difference.

In this workshop, a service evaluation tool, PASSING, is used to demonstrate how many elements of a human service can have both positive and negative outcomes.

This workshop will be of most benefit to those working in human services who understand that services can do harm and wish to explore this in more detail.  Family members also will find this workshop provides some insights into what is likely to be of most benefit to their family member.

The workshop is designed to be one day in length and be highly practical.

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Other Workshops

Introduction to values-based human service | Building Community, Building Belonging | Common life experiences of people who are disabled (or ageing) | Introduction to some principles of Social Role Valorization | How human services can harm, and how to minimise this | Responding to vulnerability: Safeguards, advocacy and duty of care | Implementing change in human services | Model Coherency | Positive behaviour support for individuals in human services | Values in Action | Values considerations for Board Members