Preventing abuse and promoting personal safety in young people with disability: full report

13 Feb 2018

Most of the young people in this research lived in their family homes. Eighteen lived in their own home, with friends, or in group homes. Three were in out of home care, one was homeless, and one at risk of homelessness.

Young people described a range of activities and ways they engaged in their communities. Many were employed, either in voluntary, supported or mainstream employment. A wide range of leisure interests were discussed. Educational pursuits varied widely, from TAFE to postgraduate education. Young people with higher support needs had more limited social networks and engagement with communities.

While most young people reported some involvement with disability service organisations, those with higher support needs were more likely to be involved with a range of services, and those with primarily physical impairments reported less involvement with services, including six who had no involvement with disability or other community services. All of the young people had been to school, most frequently in special units within their local high schools, but also in other systems.

Because the focus of this research was on safety, researchers did not ask young people about abuse or experiences of not being safe. However, 13 (19%) participants reported a range of experiences of violence or abuse.

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