Child abuse, child protection and disabled children: A review of recent research

Author(s)Stalker, Kirsten and Katherine McArthur
Title Child abuse, child protection and disabled children: A review of recent research
Source Child Abuse Review,2012 , Vol. 21, pp24-40
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Summary The authors have conducted a scoping study of research about child abuse, child protection, and disabled children. In addition to scoping the current knowledge in these areas the authors review current policy and practice, and recommend areas for future research. The study was broken down into a number of smaller areas, such as research on whether disabled children were more likely to be abused compared to non-disabled children. Issues that arose from the research were the direction of causality between disability and child abuse and also the extent of under-reporting of abuse. Demographics are examined, including types of disabilities, age, gender and cultural factors. The authors conclude that the impact of age, gender, social and cultural factors on the relationship between disability and abuse is poorly understood and suggest further research is needed. Another gap in knowledge concerns the lack of information about disabled children's views of the support and services they receive once abuse is suspected. The effects of long term abuse on disabled children is limited, although there have been studies with victims of sexual abuse.
Keywords Disability; children; child abuse; child protection
Topic Disability