Protecting children with disabilities from abuse

Children with disabilities can be more vulnerable to abuse than other children for a number of reasons. It is important that people working with children and families are alert to the signs of abuse as well as the increased vulnerability of children with disabilities.

Evidence suggests that children with disabilities are at increased risk of abuse, and that the presence of multiple disabilities appears to increase the risk of both abuse and neglect.

Research also indicates that, as well as being the least protected, children with disabilities are the least consulted in routine assessments.

The document below provides guidance for professionals and agencies about how to identify and address the additional vulnerabilities experienced by children with disabilities. 

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