Posted: 25/10/2013 at 06:34
Good morning all - sadly although the children I work with are severely disabled, my work also involves child protection - just imagine how 'attractive' a non verbal child must appear to a potential abuser, and how much easier it is to 'groom' a child who is already used to having it's personal care done by adults who are not always it's parents.
Statistics show that childen with disabilities are more likely to be abused than those without, and yet of course it is much more difficult for that abuse to be identified. The children we're talking about may have difficult and challenging behaviours, but are those behaviours a consequence of having severe learning disabilities, or are they because of something in their lives that they are unhappy about? And then of course, if we do discover something, when it comes to the Crown Prosecution Service, what sort of witness will a child with learning disabilities make?
There are times when we believe we know what has happened - we may be able to ensure that person is no longer part of the child's life - but we are unable to get enough proof to take it to court - and the abuser is still out there, looking for another vulnerable parent with a child with a disability ....
However, that's work and this is gardening - or it would be if the rain stopped - I was thinking as I came down the stairs this morning, what a glorious summer we have had this year - day after day of light and warmth - wasn't it lovely?