Unprotected, Overprotected: CSE & Learning Disabilities

Children with learning disabilities are more vulnerable to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), and other abuse, than other children because they face additional barriers to their protection and to receiving support.

In September 2015 Barnados published some research aimed to increase understanding of how to meet the needs of children and young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, child sexual exploitation. This was produced in partnership with The Children’s Society, British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD), Paradigm Research and Coventry University, and written by Anita Franklin, Phil Raws and Emilie Smeaton. Called Unprotected, overprotected: meeting the needs of young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, sexual exploitation you can read the full report here

We have produced a briefing on this report for all people working with children, young people and families in Brighton & Hove to summarise the key messages and recommendations from this research, and to remind them to take into account the increased vulnerability of children & young people with learning disabilities. Read our briefing here