CECW Information Sheet #9E. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work.
It has been reported for many years that children with developmental delay are much more likely than other children to experience maltreatment. One study reported maltreatment for as many as 11.5% of children with delay, as opposed to only 1.5% for other children. Physical neglect was an aspect of this maltreatment in 92% of the cases. For a population that is already very vulnerable, this is a serious concern.