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Robinson, S 2012, 'Enabling and protecting: proactive approaches to addressing the abuse and neglect of children and young people with disability', Children With Disability Australia, January.


Many families report to Children With Disability Australia that their children are subjected to limited opportunities, low expectations, exclusion, bullying, discrimination, assault and violation of their human rights.

This paper draws from recent research about abuse and neglect and from national policy approaches in child protection and disability to better understand the causes, experiences and responses to maltreatment of children and young people with disability.

A series of key concerns about abuse and neglect are raised to stimulate discussion and action which is in the interests of children and young people. Taking a rights informed approach, the paper focuses on building more effective national responses to children and young people who are maltreated.