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Safeguarding Disabled Children Webinar

Course Title:
Safeguarding Disabled Children Webinar
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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

This online training will be delivered remotely using pre reading and scenario based exercises and online interactive sessions with the trainer and other delegates.

Please note that if you are booking from Education Services or from outside the Boroughs of Richmond and Kingston there will be a booking fee of £60 

Please note that this is a two session course - the second day will happen on the 20th November 2020, 09:30-12:30. Please note that attending both dates are mandatory.

  Scheduled Dates For Course:
No course Date is available
Course Duration:
2 Days
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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
  • Demonstrated a working knowledge of relevant legislation, guidance and research and their application in effectively safeguarding and meeting the needs of disabled children as well as review the messages from relevant Serious Case Reviews.
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