Implementation of active support in Victoria, Australia: an exploratory study

Mansell, Jim and Beadle-Brown, Julie and Bigby, Christine (2013) Implementation of active support in Victoria, Australia: an exploratory study. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 38 (1). pp. 48-58. ISSN 1366-8250. (In press) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Background Active support is an effective intervention to support engagement of residents with intellectual disability in group homes. This survey explored resident characteristics of the people supported by organisations implementing active support, the provision of active support, its procedures and systems, and resident engagement in meaningful activity and relationships. Method Information was collected through questionnaires and direct observation of 33 group homes from 6 organisations in Victoria, Australia, with a 5-10-year history of implementing active support. Results Residents with lower support needs were engaged with little staff contact or assistance. Use of active support systems and structures was mixed. Only one organisation consistently provided good active support. Conclusions Administrative systems and structures are not sufficient to change staff interaction and thus resident experience. Shared supported accommodation services may represent an inefficient use of resources for more able residents, as staff resources are not maximised to support for resident engagement.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Active support; Engagement; Implementation; Management; Supported accommodation
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Julie Beadle-Brown
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2012 13:47
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2014 13:03
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