Disabled Children and Neglect

Research evidence indicates that disabled children are more likely to suffer neglect than their peers but that they are less likely to be subject to Child Protection Plans under the category of neglect. More information, including nine factors to look out for in disability cases, and contact details for the Children’s Disability Teams, can be found in the Neglect Practice Guidance.

When working with disabled children, practitioners should ask: Would this situation be acceptable if the child was not disabled?

Managing Referrals for Disabled Children, Guidance and Process: This nine-page document describes the referral process for disabled children.

Where disability, mental health or other needs are present in adults within the family, you can access support from Named Professionals in Adult Services.