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Safety and young people with disability

Feeling safe, being safe: what is important to children and young people with disability and high support needs about safety in institutional settings?.

This research explores how children and young people with disability view their safety and safety needs within a range of institutions, including schools, disability services, out-of-home care, vacation care, therapy services, employment services and community centres. It was conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and was part of a larger study on how children understand and experience safety in institutions. This was conducted by the Australian Catholic University Institute of Child Protection Studies. You can read about the connected studies here.

Research team:

Dr Sally Robinson
Professor Anne Graham
Lel D'aegher
Professor Judy Cashmore (USYD)
Dr Jess Cadwallader (PWDA)
Matthew Bowden (PWDA)

This project was funded by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Project outputs:

Research report.

Safe at school? Exploring safety and harm of students with cognitive disability.

CCYP - Safe at School image Students with cognitive disability experience higher rates of abuse, neglect and exploitation than students without disability. This research project investigated what students, their families and other key supporters such as teachers, disability, and child protection workers think about personal safety in and around school, together with their perspectives on what might make things better. The research was supplemented by an extensive analysis of relevant law and policy in this area.

The project resulted in a research report; and resources for students, families and professionals working with students who have cognitive disability.

Research team:

Dr Sally Robinson
Lel D'Aegher
Anne Graham
Dominique McGovern

This project was funded by a grant from the NSW Law and Justice Foundation.