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Child Protection and Disabled Children - Rights at Risk . Prof Kirsten Stalker, Dr Pam Green Lister, Jennifer Lerpiniere, Katherine McArthur University of Strathclyde. Study Aims. to scope current knowledge about child protection and disabled children

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child protection and disabled children rights at risk

Child Protection and Disabled Children - Rights at Risk

Prof Kirsten Stalker, Dr Pam Green Lister,

Jennifer Lerpiniere, Katherine McArthur

University of Strathclyde

study aims
Study Aims
  • to scope current knowledge about child protection and disabled children
  • to review current social policy and practice in the field in the UK
  • to pilot ways to seek disabled children\'s views about child protection services
methods
Methods
  • literature review
  • policy analysis – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • 10 ‘key informant’ interviews at national level
  • interviews with four disabled children using child protection services
headlines from literature review
Headlines from Literature Review
  • incidence of abuse 3.4 times greater for disabled children
  • those with communication impairments, behavioural ‘disorders’, learning disabilities and sensory impairments most at risk
literature review contd
Literature Review contd
  • evidence of under-reporting in UK and other countries
  • increased vulnerability factors for disabled children
  • unhelpful myths & stereotypes
  • indications that disabled children get lesser treatment in UK safeguarding systems
child protection policy england
Child Protection Policy: England
  • mainstreaming approach
  • generic guidance highlights implications for disabled children
  • separate guidance re disabled children 2006; updated 2009
  • social exclusion/ social model of disability focus
  • wide-ranging + substantial policies cross-referenced between disability and safeguarding arenas
child protection policies wales
Child Protection Policies: Wales
  • Wales: tends to follow English lead although no dedicated guidance
  • has addressed CP/ disabled children systematically, often in detail
  • social exclusion/ social model of disability focus
child protections policies northern ireland
Child Protections Policies:Northern Ireland
  • no dedicated guidance
  • balance between including disabled children in generic guidance and highlighting their vulnerability/ support needs
  • new legislation has potential to put them at the forefront of CP practice.
child protection policy scotland
Child Protection Policy: Scotland
  • 2002 CP Reform Programme – very littler attention to disabled children
  • ‘mainstreamed’ to near invisibility in a series of documents
  • new draft guidance has 3 pages on risks for disabled children and some references in generic sections
key informant views
Key Informant Views
  • under reporting of abuse
  • communicating with disabled children
  • differential treatment in CP system
  • joint working
implications for policy and practice
Implications for Policy and Practice
  • governments should publish nos. of disabled children on CP registers
  • closer joint working between children’s teams in social work, and across social work, health, education, police and vol orgs
  • joint training at all levels with involvement of disabled people
implications for policy and practice contd
Implications for Policy and Practice contd.
  • a child protection system more accessible to disabled children and sensitive to needs
  • safety training, sex education and rights awareness for disabled children
  • need more preventive and therapeutic work
  • inspection processes to pay particular attention to disabled children
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