Enablers of help-seeking for deaf and disabled children following abuse and barriers to protection: a qualitative study

Christine Jones, Kirsten Stalker, Anita Franklin, Deborah Fry, Audrey Cameron, Julie Taylor

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    Research internationally has highlighted the increased vulnerability of deaf or disabled children to abuse and the frequently inadequate response of services. However, first-hand accounts of deaf or disabled children have rarely been sought. This paper reports selected findings from one of the first studies exploring deaf and disabled children’s experiences of help-seeking following maltreatment. Innovative and sensitive research methods were employed to support ten deaf or disabled people (children and adults) to take part in guided conversations. The study identifies three enablers of help-seeking of deaf or disabled children: the capacity of adults to detect abuse and respond to disclosures, supportive relationships or circumstances which facilitate disclosure; and, for Deaf children, access to registered interpreters. Barriers to protection related to these are also discussed. Recommendations directed at policy makers, practitioners and families include: education and awareness raising amongst practitioners, children, parents and carers; addressing deaf and disabled children’s social isolation; providing comprehensive support services that address the needs of the child holistically; ensuring the voice of the child is heard; routine access to registered interpreters for Deaf children within mainstream and specialist services and measures to address disablism at a local and institutional level.
    LanguageEnglish
    JournalChild and Family Social Work
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 9 Apr 2016

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    Child Abuse
    Disabled Children
    abuse
    Disclosure
    Social Isolation
    interpreter
    Administrative Personnel
    Research
    Caregivers
    Parents
    family education
    Education
    maltreatment
    research method
    social isolation
    vulnerability
    parents
    conversation

    Keywords

    • disability
    • child protection
    • child abuse
    • prevention of child abuse

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