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Safety of children with a disability

Significantly, children with disability are more likely to have experienced repeated incidents of sexual abuse by the time they are 18 years of age.
(Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Interim Report, 2015)

Children with a disability are particularly vulnerable to abuse and may need you to take specific steps to meet their safety and participation needs. This includes issues relating to:

  • communication needs
  • their reliance on a caregiver for personal care requirements
  • potential social isolation
  • potential limited access to developmentally appropriate sexual and relationship information.

Together with the possible need for personal care, these characteristics can all result in enhanced vulnerability.

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