Vulnerability and risk in children living with a physical disability

Heaslip, VA ORCID: and Hewitt-Taylor, J 2014, 'Vulnerability and risk in children living with a physical disability' , Nursing children and young people, 26 (10) , pp. 24-29.

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Children are identified as a vulnerable group in need of a degree of safeguarding. About 6% of children in the UK have a disability, which can increase their level of vulnerability. How disability is perceived by others may affect the way they work with these young people in coping with life's risks, which may be increased due to the disability. Each individual's perception of the risks and benefits of a given venture varies. Children's nurses work with these young people and their families, aiming to give them maximum autonomy, self-reliance, empowerment and independence in adulthood. This involves risk-taking, as every young person needs to learn from graduated exposure to new experiences, environments, associations and hazards; the chance of harm must be balanced with the disadvantages of over-protection.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Nursing children and young people
Publisher: RCNi
ISSN: 2046-2344
Depositing User: VA Heaslip
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2022 12:50
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 12:50

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