Abuse and neglect in children with disabilities: risk varies by type of disability
25/08/2016 | 13:10 - 13:14     Station 8

Scott Sims
Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia

Presentation Type: Multimedia Poster

Themes: Applied Projects

Session: Multi-media Poster Presentation Session 2


Miriam Maclean, Scott Sims, Melanie Hansen, Helen Leonard, Jenny Bourke, Carol Bower and Melissa O'Donnell


To examine the risk of abuse and neglect for children with different types of disabilities taking into account other existing adversities, including socioeconomic disadvantage, parental mental health issues, etc.


Population based record linkage study of all children born between 1990-2010 utilising the Western Australian Register of Developmental Anomalies, the Intellectual Disabilities Exploring Answers database, Health data and Child Protection data.


After taking into account existing adversities intellectual disability was associated with the highest risk of a child maltreatment allegation and entering out-of-home care. Further results include risk by level of intellectual disability and causes of disability.


Different disabilities are associated with differing risk of child maltreatment and child protection involvement. Groups that are considered at higher risk require services to identify and address the support needs of this group and determine how prevention and early intervention can lower the risk for child abuse and neglect in this vulnerable group.

Conference Proceedings Published By

International Journal of Population Data Science