Listening to and communicating with disabled children and young people is fundamental to safeguarding them, says the NSPCC's David Miller
In 2003, a young disabled person from the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People said: “People don’t listen to you if you have a communication impairment.”
Sadly, little has changed since then.
Too many disabled children go unheard, and their needs go unrecognised.
Disabled children are three times more likely to be abused (Jones et al, 2012) but, despite improvements in the child protection system, many barriers to the equal protection of disabled children remain.