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Welfare Reform on the Web (January 2010): Services for the disabled - UK

Differentiated services for disabled children

Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People's Services

Community Care, Nov. 19th 2009, p. 24-25

This article presents the latest guidance on the importance of differentiated services for disabled children and their families. The term 'differentiated' describes flexible services that can be delivered with the individual child in mind, rather than services designed for the convenience of the provider. The paper covers services for children with complex needs, ethnic minorities, refugees and asylum seekers, and residential care.

Disabled people's experiences of targeted violence and hostility

C.H. Sin and others

Equality and Human Rights Commission, 2009

The evidence points to the prevalence of targeted violence and hostility against disabled people and the significant risk they face. Within the disabled population, the evidence suggests that people with mental health problems may be particularly at risk and suffer high levels of victimisation. An accumulation of risk factors appears to heighten significantly the likelihood of becoming a victim of targeted violence. Real or ascribed identity labels (for example, ethnicity, gender or religion) as well as wider demographic characteristics (for example geographical distribution, socio-economic status) can interact to bring about diverse experiences of victimisation. Victims tend to accept such incidents as a normal part of everyday life and not to report them to the police. More needs to be done to improve disabled people's access to justice and to raise their awareness of their rights.

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