Research Studies

Understanding Child Protection Systems and Mechanisms for Children with Disabilities

Intro: Violence and Children with Disabilities

During the discussions on the UNCRPD, people with disabilities underlined their deep vulnerability to all forms of violence and abuse in societies across the world. They singled out children, women and girls with disabilities as being particularly vulnerable to violence. Apart from that they made some important observations regarding the nature of violence towards persons with disabilities.


Except for the National Trust Act, the four special lasws that address the needs and spell the rights of persons with disabilities do not define violence and abuse. Even in the National Trust Act the definition of what comprises abuse, neglect and violence is in the context of removal of a guardian appointed for the care of the person. It does not seek to put in place mechanisms for empowering the person to prevent these from happening or to access redress mechanisms himself/herself.

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