Disabled children at higher risk of violence

The World Health Organization-funded study appraised data from 17 studies involving more than 18,000 children from mainly developed nations, including Australia, the US and Europe.

More than a quarter of people younger than 18 years who have disabilities have encountered physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect, the research showed.

The study found one in five children with a disability has experienced physical violence, and 13.7% have been victims of sexual violence.

“Children with mental or intellectual disabilities seem to have a higher prevalence and risk of violence than do children with other disability types,” said the authors, who include high profile UK disabilities advocate Dr Tom Shakespeare (PhD).

Co-author Professor Mark Bellis said the impact of a child’s disability on their quality