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Safeguarding Children with Disabilities

Course Title:
Safeguarding Children with Disabilities
Course Code:

Research shows that disabled children are at an increased risk of being abused compared with their non-disabled peers (Jones et al 2012). They are also less likely to receive the protection and support they need when they have been abused. Published case reviews highlight that professionals often struggle to identify safeguarding concerns when working with deaf and disabled children.

The learning from case reviews emphasises the importance of child focused practice. It highlights the need for a holistic approach to supporting disabled children and their families. It stresses the importance of considering all a child's support needs, rather than just those related to their disability.

  Scheduled Dates For Course:
Course DateEnd Date of RegistrationTimeVenue
15/05/2020 08/05/2020 09:30-16:00 Kingston University, Penrhyn Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2EE
20/11/2020 13/11/2020 09:30-16:00 St Mary’s University, Waldegrave Rd, Twickenham TW1 4SX
Course Duration:
1 Day
  Delivered By:
  Aimed At:

 Multi-agency audience.


Disabled children are at significantly greater risk of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect than non-disabled children. Disabled children at greatest risk of abuse are those with behaviour/conduct disorders. Other high-risk groups include children with learning difficulties/disabilities, children with speech and language difficulties, children with health-related conditions and deaf children. There is a lack of knowledge about the differing risks to disabled children at the various stages of their development and that injuries and developmental delay are accepted as related to the disability.  There is also a tolerance of lower standards of care for disabled children and a focus on health needs to the exclusion of wider issues including safeguarding.

  Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the session the training will have: 

  • Provided an overview of what research tells us about all the forms of harm and abuse that disabled children are vulnerable to and key signs and indicators for practitioners to be alert to.
  • Have considered what good care looks like and the importance of building choice, capacity, resilience and confidence when working with disabled children.
  • Have explored a whole life perspective and considered the impact of under and overprotection.
  • Have understood the critical need to seek, hear and place the views and experiences of disabled children and young people at the heart of our practice.
  Minimum Requirements:

 No mimimum requirements