Governing to Protect Vulnerable People Course

7 May 2019 9:00 am - 4:30 pm Australia/Hobart

    Many institutions have a duty of care to some of the most vulnerable groups in society. This means providing safety, support or simply a stable environment to access services that are vital to children, the aged, the disabled, the homeless, the mentally unwell and many more.

    Governing to Protect Vulnerable People, facilitated by the Australian Institute of Company Directors, comprises a one-day course plus diagnostic and take-away tools. The course is delivered by an experienced facilitator, with short activities and case studies included to guide discussion. The number of course participants is limited to enable small group work and table discussion.

    In many recent cases, governance failures have frequently undermined the mission and purpose for which institutions exist by allowing exploitation to occur under their watch. Too often, leaders ignored direct requests for help or evidence that abuse was occurring, in favour of prioritizing the protection of the organisation above the needs of the people it exists to serve.

    As directors and stewards of the organisations we serve, we have a responsibility to speak up and to shine a light on complex and opaque governance structures that allow for wrongdoing to go unnoticed or wilfully ignored. We must adopt an enquiring mind in the pursuit of important missions and in undertaking the work required to reform broken systems.

    This course will provide tools for you to:

    • Apply the key governance lessons from recent institutional failures and how to identify if your organisation is at risk of failure to protect vulnerable people;
    • Facilitate a culture of accountability and disclosure at your organisation;
    • Understand what is required to develop holistic and inclusive complaints handling systems;
    • Equip your stakeholders with the assurance that their concerns will be listened to, taken seriously and acted upon;
    • Implement transparent frameworks for responsibility sharing and avoiding concentration of influence amongst a select few; and
    • Deliver on your social mission.

    Register for the course online.