The charity helpline, which delivers support and counselling and is run by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), took 8253 calls from young people who either reported or were identified by counsellors as deaf, disabled, having special educational needs or a health condition.
The 2016/17 figures are a rise of 13 per cent from 7308 the year before. A total of 1527 of the calls were delivered by counsellors and staff at NSPCC Scotland’s two Childline bases in Glasgow and Aberdeen.
The charity fear that the number of disabled young people who could be facing abuse and neglect could be even higher with their research showing that disabled young people are three times more likely to be abused or neglected than their peers. They are also less likely to receive the protection and support they need when they have been abused.
Last week NSPCC Scotland’s ‘The Right to Recover’ report revealed therapeutic recovery services for victims of child sexual abuse are patchy and inconsistent across the country while children with disabilities have even less access to appropriate services than their peers, despite being at higher risk.
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