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For a variety of reasons, children with disabilities face an increased risk of abuse and neglect. Communication difficulties as well as isolation and their dependency on their carer can affect a disabled child’s ability to recognise and understand that they are being abused as well as their ability to access help and support.
Support for disabled children is often focussed on meeting the needs relating to the child’s disability rather than looking at the child’s wider needs including safeguarding. Sometimes indicators of abuse are mistakenly attributed to the child’s disability.
As part of our strategy to improve outcomes for those children who are most at risk, we will be delivering innovative services that seek to capture learning about what works to keep disabled children safe from harm.