CASA Staff: Karen Holmes
Abuse and neglect among children with disabilities is thought to be 1.5 to 10 times more likely than for children without disabilities. In addition, the abuse is often more severe, and happens more than once. Unfortunately, 88-99% of people who abuse children with special healthcare needs and developmental disabilities are people the child knows, trusts, and depends on. (Keeping Our Children Safe).
This workshop explores the various factors that place children with special health and development needs at risk for maltreatment; barriers and challenges faced when investigating allegations of abuse and neglect of special needs children; recommended communication and interaction strategies based on the child’s underlying diagnoses; and recommendations that support prevention of maltreatment for this very vulnerable population.