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Safeguarding Disabled Children and Young People

  • Allison Boggis
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Abstract

Whilst legislative and policy changes purport to protect and safeguard all children, there is serious doubt as to whether disabled children are afforded similar levels of protection as their non-disabled peers. Indeed, research has shown that disabled children and young people are at significantly greater risk of all types of abuse than non-disabled children (Kvam 2004; Spencer et al. 2005; Jones et al. 2012), they are also more likely to suffer proportionately more abuse that their non-disabled peers, for longer periods of time (Stalker and McArthur 2012; Sullivan and Knutson 2000) and are more likely to be bullied (Mencap 2007; National Autistic Society 2006; NSPCC 2003). The aim of this chapter therefore is to illustrate the heightened risk of abuse posed to disabled children and young people.

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  • Allison Boggis
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  1. 1.University of SuffolkIpswichUK

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