Dr Sally Robinson will be conducting a seminar on the safety priorities of children and young people with disabilities, Wednesday 30 August 9.30am-10.30am at SCU Lismore campus Room Y211 (video-linked to Gold Coast B540 and Coffs Harbour A120).

Children and young people with disability experience significantly higher rates of abuse and violence than non-disabled peers. Against this backdrop, in this seminar Dr Sally Robinson will discuss recent research conducted with children and young people with disability and those who support them about what helps them to feel, and be, safe in the places they go each day.

Conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, our study explored what helps children and young people with disability and high support needs to feel and be safe in institutional settings. Using creative interview methods, a detailed picture emerged of the ways that children and young people conceptualised safety, facilitators and barriers, and ideas for improvement in their lives.

A number of key issues important to children and young people, policy and practice can be drawn from the study findings. These include acknowledging and addressing the impact of systems on young people’s lives; helping children and young people better recognise and assess the relative risk of harm; effectively monitoring support relationships; providing evidence-based education resources; and supporting children and young people’s active participation in matters concerning their safety.

Dr Sally Robinson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Children and Young People. Her work focuses on building safety, belonging and inclusion with children and young people with disability.

For further information or to RSVP, email [email protected] or 02 6620 3134



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