Child protection

Children with disabilities experience greater levels of abuse, violence and neglect than their peers without disabilities, for a range of reasons. It is imperative that child protection measures adequately address inclusion of children with disabilities.

See also: Violence against women and girls

PLAN International (2016) Protect Us! Inclusion of children with disabilities in child protection

This report outlines the findings of field research undertaken in Uganda and Malawi, by PLAN and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which assessed the barriers and enablers for children with disabilities in accessing PLAN International community-based child protection programs. It outlines the heightened risk of children with disabilities to violence and includes a Call to Action for all organisations working on child protection to take more concerted action to better prevent and tackle the endemic violence against children with disabilities. Section 8 includes specific recommendations for governments, researchers and other organisations to make child protection efforts disability inclusive.

Keeping Children Safe (2011) Keeping children safe toolkit: A toolkit for child protection

This comprehensive resource is aimed at safeguarding children across the world by supporting organisations at the international, national and local levels to implement child protection standards. The toolkit has mainstreamed disability throughout, with specific guidance on ensuring that child protection policies and practices effectively include children with disabilities, case studies on child protection and disability, and guidance on collecting data on childhood disability.

International Disability Alliance (IDA) (2012) The rights of children with disabilities in the context of international migration

IDA submitted this position paper to the 61st session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child in September 2012. It describes protection issues experienced specifically by children with disabilities in the context of international migration and provides policy recommendations.

Handicap International and Save the Children (2011) Out from the shadows: Sexual violence against children with disabilities

This report provides background to protection issues commonly experienced by children with disabilities across the globe, particularly in relation to sexual violence. It is based on evidence generated from a global literature review and primary research in four African countries. The report provides policy and practice recommendations, developed in consultation with children, young people and professionals around the world, for governments, donors and civil society organisations, communities, and children and young people regarding the prevention of and redress for sexual violence against children with disabilities.

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Picture of a girl from Peru sitting on a ladder outside of her house.  She is reading a book with the CBR worker. Her mother and baby sister are watching.

Photo: Dieter Telemans, 2011

Luisa*(aged 9) from Peru, was kept largely confined to a room in her home and was malnourished and unable to walk. With support to her family from a Community Based Rehabilitation program, Luisa now attends kindergarten and has learned to walk, feed herself and assist her mother with household chores. (*Pseudonym used) Copyright: CBM/Telemans