School is not always a safe place for children with disability: this has to change

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The United Nations has been asked to investigate dozens of incidents in which children with disabilities were allegedly assaulted, locked in dark rooms and restrained in Australian schools.

Although there is no research as to how widespread this problem is, these cases point to a wider concern that students are experiencing a range of harms in schools, and that teachers are struggling to support students with increasingly complex needs.

Multiple inquiries have shown that system failures within the education sector often result in abuse and trauma.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe Conversation Media Group
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • schools
  • bullying
  • abuse
  • disability
  • teachers
  • school policy
  • Children with Disability
  • disability discrimination


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