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Time for justice: safeguarding the rights of disabled children

Porter, J. (2016) Time for justice: safeguarding the rights of disabled children. Disability and Society, 31 (8). pp. 997-1012. ISSN 1360-0508

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2016.1223605


This article reviews two core strategies for safeguarding the rights of disabled children and examines the extent to which these processes advance justice for children in accessing an inclusive and equitable education. It evaluates the adequacy of the legal system in the face of increased evidence of exclusionary practices of schools, and the low uptake of the disability tribunal as a vehicle for redressing discriminatory practices. It reviews the work undertaken with schools to develop procedures and processes to support them in identifying disabled pupils in order to monitor the impact of their policies and practices. Although there were some limitations to this work it provided a platform from which to ensure that schools engaged with their responsibilities and understood more about the ways in which a child’s impairment impacted on their participation in school-life. Instead we are dependent on the work of voluntary associations to safeguard children’s rights.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Institute of Education > Improving Equity and Inclusion through Education
ID Code:66384


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