HC Deb 16 January 2002 vol 378 c391W
Mr. Hinchliffe

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many(a) Part VIII inquiries into child deaths and (b) inquiries into institutional abuse over the past four years have related to disabled children. [11411]

Jacqui Smith

Neither type of information is collected centrally. However, we are aware that children who are disabled and in particular children living away from home who are disabled are vulnerable to abuse, especially if their ability to communicate is impaired.

We will shortly be publishing an overview report drawing out the key findings of a selection of case reviews from the last two years, and their implications for policy and practice. At the same time, we are developing a comprehensive database of all serious case reviews.

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