Violence against children with disabilities: legislation, policies and programmes in the EU


Date of publication:  18 Dec 2015 Authors:  European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) Publisher:  European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) Publication type:  Legal / Policy Framework

This FRA publication examines the legislative and policy provisions available in the EU to protect children with disabilities from abuse. Evidence indicates that children with disabilities are considerably more at risk than non-disabled children. Although frameworks do exist to protect children with disabilities (such as the UNCRC which protects all children and the CRPD, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) it seems that too often disabled children are 'falling through the cracks' of protection policies. This report is the product of research from all 28 EU member states and includes the testimonies of healthcare professionals with experience working with disabled children. A number of risk factors are identified (including the fact that disabled children may have fewer resources available to them to discriminate between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors) and a series of recommendations are made. What is clear from this report is that more holistic strategies are needed to tackle violence towards disabled children. Increased co-operation and information sharing between different professionals involved with care plans should become the norm if disabled children in the EU are to be properly safeguarded.  

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