Glossary


Glossary

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A

Advocacy

This relates to the promotion and support of a cause and the activities engaged in to achieve this.

C

Carer

Someone who lives with or is close to a person with a disability. This includes family carers and friends who support people with a disability in times of need.

Client

The person who is currently being offered support services by your organisation.

Code of conduct

A set of guidelines about how workers in a particular field or organisation are expected to behave.

Common law

Judge-made law based on principles of law established by the courts over time. Some examples are the concepts of duty of care and negligence. Many of these principles of law have been incorporated into legislation, often with modifications.

Confidentiality

The principle whereby personal information is kept secret and not disclosed to other parties without consent.

D

Defendant

The party a plaintiff institutes legal proceedings against in a civil court; the party against whom a charge is brought.

Demographics

The characteristics of human populations and population segments.

Discrimination

Prejudice in practice, where one person is treated less favourably than another in similar circumstances because of a personal attribute that has no relevance to the situation.

Duty of care

The legal responsibility to take all reasonable care to make sure others are free from harm or injury.

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