Disabled children and young people


The definition of 'disabled children' includes children and young people with a range of impairments in their physical, emotional, developmental, learning, communication and health care needs. Disabled children are defined as a child in need under section 93(4) of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995.


Disabled children may be more vulnerable to abuse and there is a belief that  it is significantly underreported.  Particularly vulnerable are those children with communication or sensory impairments, behavioural disorders or learning disabilities. Research advises that abuse of disabled children is more likely to start at an earlier age and reflects a range of abuse types. Neglect is most frequently reported, followed by emotional abuse. 


Further helpful information can be found in the following publications or on the links noted below.











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