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What kinds of things is my carer or support worker not allowed to do to me?

You might sometimes need extra support or help with things because you have a disability. You can have a parent, carer or support worker to help you with these things. The law says these people need to treat you well, and there are some things that they are not allowed to do.

These are some examples of things that the law says your parent, carer or support worker can’t do to you:

  • Hurt you. For example, they can’t hit you, kick you, punch you, pull your hair, push you or use other things to hit you with.
  • Say things to you all the time to make you feel sad or scared. For example, saying things like “You’re a retard,” “I wish you were never born,” “Nobody will believe you because you’re disabled”, or “stop it or I’ll kill your dog.”
  • Take away things that you need. For example, unplugging your wheelchair or taking away your walking aides.
  • Not give you enough food.
  • Take or spend your money without you saying they can.
  • Refuse to help you with the things you need help with. For example, not dressing you, taking you to the toilet or changing your splints.
  • Not give you privacy. For example, dressing you or taking you to the toilet while other people are around and watching.
  • Not give you the medicine your doctor says you need.
  • Give you medicines that you don’t need. For example, giving you medicine to make you feel sleepy all the time.
  • Have sex with you, ask you to touch their private parts, or touch your private parts when they are not doing it to help you have a bath, shower, get dressed, look after your skin or go to the toilet.

If your support worker is doing things like this to you, you can tell an adult you trust. You can also complain to the Disability Services Commissioner. If a family member or friend is doing these things to you, you can call Kids Help Line or Lifeline for information and help. This website has more information on what to do if a carer or support worker is treating you badly.