Childline delivered 8,253 counselling sessions last year to young people who either told or were identified by counsellors as d/Deaf, disabled, having special educational needs or a health condition.
The number of Childline counselling sessions given to disabled young people* rose by 13% in 2016/17, an average of 22 counselling sessions a day.
In 6% of these counselling sessions, young people talked about abuse or neglect, but the number of disabled young people who could be facing abuse and neglect could be even higher.
Research has shown that disabled young people are 3 times more likely to be abused or neglected than non-disabled young people. They are also less likely to receive the protection and support they need when they have been abused.