Are facilities and programmes designed to serve persons with disabilities effectively monitored by independent authorities?


Article 16 of the UN CRPD requires the state to ‘take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social, educational and other measures to protect persons with disabilities, both within and outside the home, from all forms of exploitation, violence and abuse, including their gender-based aspects. States Parties shall ensure that all facilities and programmes designed to serve persons with disabilities, including residential care settings, are effectively monitored by independent authorities in order to prevent the occurrence of all forms of exploitation, violence and abuse.

In detail

47.5% of respondents confirmed that not all facilities and programmes are monitored, or if they are, they are not monitored on a regular basis. The main issues spotted monitoring included:

  • Inconsistent monitoring: monitoring procedures are not reliable or effective. Several countries reported there are no mechanisms in place or contact points in the different areas of the sector, due to having no political or legislative framework. Monitoring often relies on the third sector such as on aid agencies. Moreover, small and local organisations tend not to be monitored.
  • Biased monitoring: Spain and Estonia for instance, explained funding resources are decreasing so little opportunities for carrying independent monitoring, and analysis