Recognising and responding to the maltreatment of disabled children: A children’s rights approach

Authors

  • J Hernon University of East Anglia
  • M Brandon University of East Anglia
  • J Cossar University of East Anglia
  • T Shakespeare University of East Anglia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1921/swssr.v17i3.799

Abstract

Research has established that disabled young people are at greater risk of experiencing all forms of maltreatment, especially neglect (Jones et al, 2012). Despite increasing awareness of their heightened vulnerability, the maltreatment of disabled children remains under-recognised and is under-reported. Disabled children have the same rights as all children to be protected from maltreatment; to have their concerns listened to; to participate fully in decisions made about them; and to receive help to recover from maltreatment. In this paper Cossar et al’s (2013) framework for understanding the processes of recognition, telling and receiving help following maltreatment from the child’s perspective, is applied to disabled children. The particular barriers that disabled children and those working with them face in recognising and responding to maltreatment are analysed by reviewing what is known about child protection practice with disabled children, mainly in the UK. Suggestions are made about how practice with disabled children could be improved.

Author Biographies

J Hernon, University of East Anglia

Phd Researcher, School of Social Work

M Brandon, University of East Anglia

Professor of Social Work

J Cossar, University of East Anglia

Senior Lecturer, School of Social Work

T Shakespeare, University of East Anglia

Senior Lecturer, Norwich Medical School,

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Published

2015-06-19

How to Cite

Hernon, J., Brandon, M., Cossar, J., & Shakespeare, T. (2015). Recognising and responding to the maltreatment of disabled children: A children’s rights approach. Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 17(3), 61-77. https://doi.org/10.1921/swssr.v17i3.799