Research and resources regarding the greater risk and incidence of maltreatment for children with disabilities, including State and local examples.
Abuse of Children With Intellectual Disabilities (PDF - 62 KB)
Discusses the physical and behavioral signs of abuse in children with intellectual disabilities, strategies for preventing abuse, and the consequences of being abused.
Babies at Double Jeopardy: Medically Fragile Infants and Child Neglect
Zero to Three, 28(6), 2008
Describes how infants born prematurely or with other medical problems are at risk for both child neglect and developmental problems when entering certain home environments. The article also explains the need to collaborate to meet the needs of infants when maltreatment occurs.
Child Abuse, Child Protection and Disabled Children: A Review of Recent Research (PDF - 472 KB)
Stalker & McArthur (2010)
Reports the results of a scoping study that reviewed research about child abuse, child protection, and disabled children published in academic journals between 1996â€“2009. The paper includes recommendations for further research.
Child Abuse Victims With Disabilities: Selected References (PDF - 141 KB)
National Children's Advocacy Center (2010)
Includes selected research materials on types of maltreatment affecting children and youth with disabilities.
Children With Disabilities in the Child Protective Services System: An Analog Study of Investigation and Case Management
Manders & Stoneman (2009)
Investigates how the presence of three disabilities (cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, emotional/behavioral disabilities) affects the processes and outcomes of child abuse investigations at two levels of child injury severity.
Restraint and Seclusion: Resource Document (PDF - 1,567 KB)
U.S. Department of Education (2012)
Presents and describes 15 principles for schools, parents, and other stakeholders to consider when States develop policies and procedures on the use of restraint and seclusion.
Sexual Abuse of Children With Disabilities (PDF - 96 KB)
Canterbury Christ Church University (2010)
In Protecting Children From Sexual Violence: A Comprehensive Approach
Explores disabled children's vulnerability to sexual abuse and its consequences.
Sexual Abuse of Children with Disabilities: A National Snapshot (PDF - 385 KB)
Smith & Harrell (2013)
Vera Institute of Justice
Discusses the dynamics of sexual abuse of children with disabilities, including the factors that contribute to its high prevalence, the status of prevention and intervention services designed to address this problem, and critical gaps and recommendations for next steps.
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Violence Exposure Among Children With Disabilities
Discusses disabled children's exposure to a range of types of violence including child maltreatment, domestic violence, community violence, war, and terrorism.
Child Abuse and Children With Disabilities
New York State Office of Children and Family Services
Provides information to work more effectively with child abuse cases that may involve children with special needs and their families. Includes special sections on interviewing strategies, medical concerns, and disability jargon.
Older Youth With Disabilities in Foster Care: The Prevalence and Experience of Older Youth With Disabilities in Foster Care in Minnesota: An Analysis of State Administrative Data (PDF - 1,536 KB)
University of Minnesota School of Social Work, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (2012)
Highlights the experiences of older youth with disabilities in Minnesota and their intersection with the child welfare system.