Study: Risk factors that lead to abuse of young people with cognitive disability

Researchers from the University of Queensland (UQ) are studying the experiences of young people with cognitive disability and transitioning to adulthood, with a focus on experiences of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The project will explore the risk factors that lead to abuse of young people with cognitive disability, as well as examine what protective factors can prevent violence towards this group. The research will inform the work of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability and assist the commission in its advisory capacity to the Australian Government.

UQ researchers are looking for practitioners who have supported young people with cognitive disability (aged 15 to 25 years) to participate in the study. Participation involves an online interview for one hour.

This Participant Information Sheet explains the purpose of the study and what is involved in participating in more detail. The Participant Consent Form is available here if you would like to get involved. All interested participants are required to read these documents prior to participating in the study.

This study has received ethical clearance from the University of Queensland’s Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number: 2020/HE002805). Interested participants can discuss their participation in this study with Dr Kathy Ellem from the research team. You can also speak to an officer of the University not involved in the study by contacting the Ethics Coordinators by email, or on 07 3365 3924 or 07 3443 1656.