Child protection and disability: Implications for practice

  • Anna Anderson (Depositor)
  • Rowena Arshad (Data Manager)



A Study designed to understand the key issues in public service practice for identifying and supporting disabled children and young people at risk of significant harm


This project was commissioned by the Scottish Government Children’s Rights and Wellbeing Division to investigate the relationship between disabled children and child protection practice. Through interviews and focus groups the researchers spoke with 61 professionals working on issues of disabled children and child protection in Scotland. Disabled children are more likely to be abused than their non-disabled peers, but there is evidence to suggest that the abuse of disabled children sometimes goes undetected. Getting it right for every child does not mean treating every child the same. There is a lack of confidence in working with disabled children, a lack of relevant training and variability in thresholds for action. Whilst there are positive aspects, this research shows that the child protection system is a cause for concern in relation to disabled children.

Data Citation

The data is held in a secure data archive at the University of Edinburgh if you wish access you should contact Rowena Arshad.
Date made available2013
PublisherUniversity of Edinburgh
Date of data production1 Apr 2013
Geographical coverageScotland

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