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Behaviours and experiences like this are also often undiagnosed and untreated among young people***. Some factors can make a child more likely to be a victim of bullying, including: If you think your child or teenager is being bullied or is bullying others, you can talk to a teacher at their school about ways they can show support. Children and teens with disabilities deserve to be appreciated for the values they offer as a person, not seen for their disability first.
Teachers, parents and carers also have a responsibility to encourage young people to treat others fairly, as well as to model positive behaviours themselves.
By being sensitive to children and young people and not using their own power over others to hurt people, adults can support children and young people with learning to recognise and practise positive behaviours. ***Research by Sturgeon, 2007, cited in Community Matters, a 2010 Australian Government draft manuscript.
Updated March 2014 The Australian Human Rights Commission launched its report, Equal before the law: Towards disability justice strategies on 5 February 2014.
People with intellectual disability, as well as people with dementia or mental health disability, are vulnerable to sexual abuse and may lack the capacity to give valid consent to medical treatment.
In early March 2014 we put a call out for people to submit examples of programs and services that assist people with disability in the criminal justice system.
Our aim is to facilitate the process of information sharing between different jurisdictions with the hope of encouraging states and territories to develop an holistic, over-arching Disability Justice Strategy.
This is significantly higher than the 1 in 5 to 1 in 7 Australian students who report being bullied once a week or more**. International research published in the report, Walk a mile in their shoes: bullying and the child with special needs by Ability Path.org, shows: Bullying can affect a child or teen's mental health and wellbeing.
It can be associated with low self-esteem, and can contribute to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.