Children with Disabilities are at Higher Risk of Neglect
Children with disabilities are at higher risk of neglect and abuse than children without disabilities. We need to take action and protect these children.
There are a few factors that make children with disabilities a higher risk for neglect:
- Parental stress due to the demands of caring for a disabled child
- Frustration from kids with ADHD
- Children with physical disabilities become dependent on caregivers, who sexually abuse them.
What Action do we take?
Parents need to prevent abuse and neglect of children by knowing the signs:
- Changes in behavior
- Bruises, burns and cuts
- Broken bones due to non-medical reasons
- Genitals are sore
Signs of neglect, include:
- Always hungry
- Lack of hygiene
- nappy rash for no medical reasons
to prevent possible abuse or neglect, we need to:
- tell parents to know where their child is at all times
- get to know who your chlidren’s caregivers are
- ensure that your childs school is treating your child within the Childs Rights Act.
- Make sure you have a safe and healthy home environment
- Communicate with your child about the dangers and situations that are not safe
- Educate your children about stranger danger and what to do when in a situation that isn’t safe. Role play is the best way to do this.