The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has released its Restrictive Practices decision-making policy and framework (February 2018), to explain to service providers how the Public Guardian makes decisions about Short Term Approvals and other decisions relating to Restrictive Practices for its Guardianship clients, under the relevant legislation.
The framework is one of the key ways in which the OPG is giving life to its overarching policy regarding Restrictive Practices, and contributes to the overall human rights quest of governments and the sector to reduce and eliminate Restrictive Practices.
Importantly, the framework and policy are also intended to inform people upon whom Restrictive Practices will be used, of the process by which the OPG arrives at their decisions. It should also serve as a guide for people who play a significant role in the life of an adult about how such decisions are made.
The release of the policy and framework is the first in a line of many more decision-making documents that the OPG will be publishing, to ensure they are transparent with their decision-making and to encourage others to utilise the same guiding principles in their decision-making.
The Public Guardian sees this policy and framework as instrumental to her commitment to ‘promote and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity’.