Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn heads up the Centre for Disability Research and Policy, the WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Development in Rehabilitation and Long Term Care, and is co-director, NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Disability and Health at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research in Australia focuses on parental disability and inequity, disadvantage and discrimination against children and young adult Australians with disability, and building community level disability inclusive emergency preparedness. Her work in the Asia-Pacific region addresses disability inclusive capacity building practices in rehabilitation and health, CBR, and disability inclusive disaster risk management.
This webinar was held on 12 October 2017.
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Recent research indicates that children with disability are at a much higher risk of maltreatment than their non-disabled peers.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recently reviewed the evidence to consider the various factors that contribute to the heightened risk of abuse for children with disability, including their over-representation in institutional care settings and greater interaction with unfamiliar adults. It also highlighted the problems with viewing disability as a stand-alone risk factor for maltreatment, rather than focusing on the particular social contexts that contribute to children’s vulnerability.
This webinar outlined current understandings of disability and presented recent research findings on the prevalence, risk and prevention of abuse for children with disability. Practical strategies for inclusive practice were discussed, with a focus on creating child-safe organisations.