Child Protection and Disability

WithScotland | 21 May 2014

No one would abuse a disabled child. Disabled people can’t be proper parents. These are popular myths which a government working party is keen to dispel. Though there is a lack of good information in Scotland at present about how disability affects the protection of children, studies elsewhere show that disabled children are more than 3 times likely to be abused than other children. Partly, this is because they are more vulnerable, more likely to be dependent on several people caring for them and less able to speak out about their experience; partly, because their impairment can lead to abuse, sometimes not intentional, that other children are unlikely to receive such as being over-medicated or being deprived of aids that help them communicate or get around.

Disabled people can become parents like everyone else and, with the right assistance and strategies they develop themselves, they can usually manage as well as any other parent. But lack of community acceptance, failure to provide the right support and, sometimes, real prejudice and discrimination make it very hard for them and more disabled parents than others have their children compulsorily removed from their care.

The government working party is working on ways to improve knowledge, understanding and professional practice in Scotland. Everyone, though, can contribute by raising awareness of the needs and vulnerability of disabled children and looking out for disabled parents and thinking how we all might do more to help them participate in activities which other parents take for granted.  

Further information:

Myth Busters

A critical review and analysis of current research and policy relating to disabled children and young people in Scotland

Social work services for disabled children and young people and their families: assessment and eligibility

Benefits For Disabled Children And Their Families  

Counting the Cost Survey 2014

Doran E-Newsletter - The Scottish Government has recently published the first edition of the Doran e-Newsletter, which aims to bring people up to speed with developments affecting children and young people with complex additional support needs.

Rights booklet for young people who are Looked After away from home

Scottish Government | 19 May 2014

The Scottish Government has published a booklet to inform children looked after away from home about their rights. The booklet indicates that it should be received alongside information about a child's current placement. The Scottish Government has an additional Rights booklet for young people in secure care. The booklet is organised around six key rights areas: dignity, privacy, choice, safety, realising potential and equality and diversity. These key areas are also contained within the National Care Standards, which have been set by the Scottish Government and the Care Inspectorate.  

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Respectme - Pointers for Parents and Carers - You Can Make a Difference

12 May 2014

Bullying can have short and long-term effects on the physical and mental wellbeing of children and young people. Low self-esteem is one of the most common impacts of bullying and can have damaging effects on a child or young person’s aspirations, confi dence and quality of life. 

Problems such as disengaging from schools, clubs and friends, to self-harm and eating disorders can often manifest themselves as a means of coping, and there tends to be high levels of non-attendance at school among children and young people who experience bullying. 

Respectme has published a booklet which gives pointers for parents and carers 'Bulling - You Can Make a Difference - A Practical Guide for Parents and Carers' 

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New Phone Scam Booklet

12 May 2014

Every week thousands of people lose tens of millions of pounds to lottery scams, credit card scams and investment scams. For many people this is their life savings and afterwards they feel helpless, lost and hopeless. Many scam start with a phone call - what should you do when you get one of these calls?

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Barnardos Wud U? App

12 May 2014

Wud U? Is an educational tool for teachers and care professionals who interact with young people that might be at risk of sexual exploitation.

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Magnificent seven

SCCYP | 12 May 2014

The 7 Golden Rules for Participation resource helps adults understand what participation means for children and young people. It also lets children and young people think about how adults can help them to participate. The team is planning more accessible Golden Rules resources for children and young people with communication difficulties, in partnership with Glasgow City Council. Workshops with teachers will begin soon.  

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The Little Book of Big Scams

12 May 2014

Every year, the British public loses billions of pounds to scammers who bombard us with online, mail, door-to-door and telephone scams.  Scams (or frauds) are often difficult to investigate; they can be complicated and often involve many people (both victims and suspects). They can take a lot of resources to investigate and courts can find it difficult to convict suspects because of the grey area that exists between dishonesty and sharp practice. Prevention through awareness is therefore a vital strand in combating scammers. Strathclyde Police is pleased to bring you the Little Book of BIG Scams, reproduced by kind permission of the Metropolitan Police Service. We were inspired by The Little Black Book of Scams, originally created by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission as inspiration. We hope this booklet will increase your awareness of the vast array of scams that are being used and teach you some easy steps you can take to protect yourself. It should be seen as a general guide to many of the scams currently operating in the UK.  

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