Safeguarding Disabled Children in England

A report of the National Working Group on Safeguarding Disabled Children July 2016.

A report of the National Working Group on Safeguarding Disabled Children July 2016.

Research has found that disabled children are 3-4 times more likely to be abused and neglected than non-disabled children. It is vital that these children are offered the right support, and that effective safeguarding measures are in place to ensure they receive equal protection.

The survey found examples of creative, innovative, child-centred practice throughout the England. However, responses indicate an inconsistent rather than a systematic approach to the safeguarding of disabled children at Board level. It is vital that LSCBs and, in the future, local authorities, the police and the health service as key local partners take the lead in driving through arrangements to protect disabled children.

A child protection system that is effective for disabled children is one that will be more effective for all children. Together, we can keep many more children safe.

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