Disability

The Commissioner's office has published work around disability that relates to:

  • service provision
  • critically reviewing existing research and policies
  • issues around moving and handling.

Work in this area can be found below.

Disability publications

It always comes down to money: recent changes in service provision to disabled children, young people and their families in Scotland

Professor Kirsten Stalker, September 2013. This report examines changes in the availability and accessibility of publicly-funded services for families with disabled children over the past two years.

Download a PDF of It always comes down to money: recent changes in service provision to disabled children, young people and their families in Scotland.

Download a PDF summary of young people's views obtained for the report.

Social work services for disabled children and young people and their families: assessment and eligibility

Becki Lancaster, October 2012.  We commissioned this report when the Commissioner was alerted to the concerns of families of disabled children and young people who were reporting a perceived decrease in access to services provided by some local authorities.

Download a PDF of Social work services for disabled children and young people and their families: assessment and eligibility

A critical review and analysis of current research and policy relating to disabled children and young people in Scotland

Professor Kirsten Stalker and Dr Lio Moscardini, April 2012. This report provides a critical, informative and up to date overview of issues facing disabled children and young people in Scotland. It covers areas such as:

  • education
  • self-directed support
  • short breaks
  • transition to adulthood.

It also draws attention to the specific barriers faced by deaf children, children with learning disabilities and those with mental health issues.

Download a PDF of A critical review and analysis of current research and policy relating to disabled children and young people in Scotland.

Hoists and slings: purchasing and provision for the moving and handling of children and young people with disabilities

Angus K McFadyen, Heather Gray and Sue Hain, June 2009.This review of Scottish local authority practice in the procurement and provision of hoists and slings follows on from comments made by young people in the Handle with Care report.

Download a PDF of Hoists and slings: purchasing and provision for the moving and handling of children and young people with disabilities.

Handle with care: a report on the moving and handling of children and young people with disabilities.

Laura Paton, February 2008. This research report shows that moving and handling issues can cause significant disruption to the lives of children and young people and their families.

Poor practice may result in breaches of children's rights, is detrimental to welfare and limits enjoyment of life. The report sets out a number of recommendations to address poor practice.

Download a PDF of Handle with care: a report on the moving and handling of children and young people with disabilities.

Download a summary of the report for children and young people.