Note: In the UK, the term of ‘Learning disability’ is used instead of ‘Intellectual disability’.
To read on The Children’s Society website:
Unprotected, overprotected: Meeting the needs of young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, sexual exploitation
The report, which was commissioned by Comic Relief, and undertaken by Barnardo’s, The Children’s Society, British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD), Paradigm Research and Coventry University, calls on governments in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to ensure that accessible and relevant sex and relationship education is made available to children and young people with learning disabilities.
Month of publication September
Year of publication 2015
Number of pages 75
Author Anita Franklin, Phil Raws and Emilie Smeaton
One of four nation-specific briefings, this paper presents a summary of the key findings from the study. These clearly demonstrate the need for policy and practice change in England, as set out in the recommendations from the research that are detailed in this briefing.
Date published September 2015
Number of pages 8
Practice guide: Supporting professionals to meet the needs of young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, child sexual exploitation
The practice guide is to help professionals meet the needs of young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, child sexual exploitation. It accompanies the report ‘Unprotected, overprotected’ and provides practical, evidence based recommendations to support service delivery.
The guide includes suggestions for reflection and action around areas such as understanding a young person’s vulnerability to child sexual exploitation, determining a young person’s ability to consent and approaches to interventions and long term support.
The guide will be of use to professionals who commission and manage services as well as those working directly with children and young people.
1.1 Aims of the research
This exploratory research study 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, CSE. Specifically, the research undertook to:
- scope and detail current provision, including the scale of interventions for this group of children and young people
- explore the views of practitioners, managers and local and national policymakers around practice, looking into both enablers of and barriers to good practice
- understand the needs of this group of children and young people and gather their views on current practice
- identify gaps in policy, provision, evidence and research
- generate evidence-based recommendations for future developments to meet these children and young people’s needs.