Submission To The Third Action Plan Of The National Framework For Protecting Australia’s Children

The National Framework and the Consultation Paper for the Third Plan both acknowledge parents and children with disability as priority groups. This is important, reflecting the facts that children with disability are overrepresented in the out of home care system, that early intervention and prevention for this cohort has been poorly funded, and that children with disability are 3.4 times more likely to experience violence than their peers. PWDA continues to advocate against the description of disability as a ‘risk factor’ for violence against children, because this terminology is both victim-blaming and fails to recognise that the problem lies with inadequate access to appropriate supports. 

PWDA submission – Word document