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NCJ Number: 238048 Find in a Library
Title: Child Abuse, Child Protection and Disabled Children: A Review of Recent Research
Journal: Child Abuse Review  Volume:21  Issue:1  Dated:January-February 2012  Pages:24-40
Author(s): Kirsten Stalker; Katherine McArthur
Date Published: January 2012
Page Count: 17
Publisher: http://www.wiley.com 
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study reviewed recent research examining the finding that disabled children are at an increased risk for child maltreatment, and identified current social policy and practice regarding this issue.
Abstract: This paper reports the results of a scoping study that reviewed research about child abuse, child protection and disabled children published in academic journals between 1996 and 2009. The review was conducted using a five stage method for scoping studies. Several studies have revealed a strong association between disability and child maltreatment, indicating that disabled children are significantly more likely to experience abuse than their non-disabled peers. Those with particular impairments are at increased risk. There is evidence that the interaction of age, gender and/or socio-cultural factors with impairment results in different patterns of abuse to those found among non-disabled children although the reasons for this require further examination. It appears that therapeutic services and criminal justice systems often fail to take account of disabled children's needs and heightened vulnerability. In Britain, little is known about what happens to disabled children who have been abused and how well safeguarding services address their needs. Very few studies have sought disabled children's own accounts of abuse or safeguarding. Considerable development is required, at both policy and practice level, to ensure that disabled children's right to protection is upheld. The paper concludes by identifying a number of aspects of the topic requiring further investigation. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Child abuse
Index Term(s): Child abuse causes; Child abuse investigations; Child abuse prevention; Child Protection; Child protection services; Child welfare; Discrimination against disabled persons; Great Britain/United Kingdom
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