CLBC believes adults with developmental disabilities and their families have the right to pursue fulfilling lives in welcoming communities. In addition to aligning your service with the Quality of Life framework, you also need to develop safeguards to make sure the person you share your home with is as safe as possible.

Part of a good life for people is feeling safe from harm where they live, go to school, work, and play. This includes feeling safe from physical harm, emotional harm, and financial harm.

Safeguards are deliberate actions to help reduce the risks a person or family might face because of their vulnerabilities.

Everyone is at risk or vulnerable at times, and we all have safeguards in our lives, even if we don’t call them safeguards.

One important way to minimize the chance of harm is through safeguards. Safeguards are actions that are done on purpose to help reduce the risk that someone will be harmed.

The following are four types of safeguards:

  • Community safeguards are for everyone in a vulnerable group or community.
  • Personal safeguards are specific to one individual or family.
  • Formal safeguards result from laws or policies.
  • Informal safeguards are based on caring connections between people.

Before we discuss safeguards in detail, it’s important to understand vulnerability.