NZDSN National Symposium – Safeguarding a Good Life

Understanding and implementing approaches that promote, protect and enhance the rights and wellbeing of disabled people

9am - 4pm

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      Please Note the venue for this event has changed to the Avon Room, Christchurch Town Hall,  86 Kilmore Street, Christchurch.


      9:00am  Mihi Whakatau

      9:15am  The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care:

      “Shining a light on our history and looking to the future”
      Loren Savage, Senior Engagement Advisor from the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care, will provide an introduction to the Inquiry:

      • How it works
      • The journey so far
      • The place of disabled people and the disability sector

      10:15am Safeguarding a Good Life
      An extended and interactive workshop presentation from Sue Hobbs and Erika Butters from the Personal Advocacy and Safeguarding Adults Trust (PASAT). 

      Introduction: The Safeguarding framework – Background, Definitions and Principles

      10:30am  Morning Tea

      10:45am How the framework will support disabled people to live the life they choose
      • The spectrum of safeguards needed to effectively respond, including supported decision making
      • Basic human rights to consent and decision making
      • Factors that increase vulnerability
      • Who is at risk and identifying the need for safeguarding support
      • How legislation affects your safeguarding responsibilities
      • The different types of abuse experienced by disabled people
      • The SAFA multi-agency, multi-disciplinary approach for safeguarding people at risk of experiencing abuse and neglect

      Lunch: 12.30pm - 1.15pm   Afternoon tea: 2.30pm-2.45pm 

      Finish: 4.00pm


      Fee: Funding from MSD enables us to offer a subsidised rate of: $150 plus GST

      Family members: Free – to register a family member, contact

      Exhibitors: There will be space available for organisations to exhibit and showcase products and services. Stands available from $175 plus GST. Contact:


      Presenter Details

      Loren Savage
      Senior Engagement Advisor
      Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care
      Loren is one of the Royal Commission’s senior engagement advisors who has worked across government, and the disability sector. Loren works to create internal processes for the Royal Commission, as well as promoting the work of the Inquiry throughout the disability sector ensure disabled people and their whānau are able to engage with the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care in a way that is appropriate and accessible to them.

      Erika Butters
      Advocacy National Director
      The Personal Advocacy and Safeguarding Adults Trust (PASAT)
      Erika works as the Director of Advocacy with The Personal Advocacy and Safeguarding Adults Trust.  She is passionate that the rights, well-being and interests of all New Zealanders are protected and promoted. Over the last several years her work has focused on ensuring independent advocacy is available to all disabled people in New Zealand.  Erika works and lives in Wellington.

      Sue Hobbs
      Safeguarding Adults National Director
      The Personal Advocacy and Safeguarding Adults Trust (PASAT) 
      Sue is a former Police Officer from the UK and is currently employed by People First NZ and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State Care.  Sue has been working in the field of family violence, sexual violence and safeguarding adults for over 30 years. She led the co-design of the Safeguarding Adults from Abuse (SAFA) pilot in partnership with Waitemata District Health Board and the Waitemata Police in 2016 and has been advocating for the need for Safeguarding Adults Framework in New Zealand for the past 12 years.


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