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New Research on Protecting Disabled Children from Sexual Abuse

An interesting piece of research commissioned by the NSPCC has been released.

A key finding is that schools and other agencies should work in partnership with parents to ensure that disabled children receive consistent, clear, accessible information on safe touch, choice and control, puberty, sex, relationships and abuse, and knowing how to let others know when they feel unsafe.

Research identifies that disabled children are three to four times more likely to experience abuse (Jones et al, 2012). Professionals, communities and parents all play important roles in keeping disabled children safe from sexual abuse. Despite the important role that parents play, there is a lack of research evidence on how parents understand and address issues around child sexual abuse, particularly preventing child sexual abuse. The study aimed to address this gap in understanding in order to provide better support for parents.

To view the report click here.

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