Safeguarding Children with Disabilities
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Target Group / Level
This training is targeted to Group Level 2 (regular contact with children, young people and/or parent/carer) or Level 3 (predominately working with children) as set out in the Safeguarding Competency framework in London Safeguarding Child Procedures. NHS Inter-Collegiate Standards 2 for health professionals. It is also targeted to Foster carers and other in a professional carer role.
Course Overview / Aim
The aim of this course is to improve knowledge and skills in the following areas:
- The legal and statutory basis for referral, assessment and intervention and the application of the LSCB threshold criteria for disabled children and related groups of children.
- Attitudes, assumptions and professional barriers that increase risk and lessen protection for disabled children and related groups of children.
- Issues relating to a child’s specific impairment e.g dependency on a number of carers for personal and intimate care; impaired capacity to resist/avoid abuse; difficulties in communicating; and an inability to understand what is happening or to seek help.
- Key messages from research and Serious Case Reviews (SCR) and the importance to capture the voice of the child in all stages of the child protection process.
- Identify indicators of neglect and abuse and undertaking risk assessments for disabled children, and preparing reports for child protection conferences and other meetings.
- Introduction to personal safety skills activities in direct work with disabled children and their parents/carers.
By attending this course, participants will have:
- Explored different models of disability and how they might impact on the process of assessing risk
- Examine how societal beliefs and attitudes can impact on the protection of disabled children
- Identified additional vulnerabilities of disabled children to the different categories of abuse
- Considered the communication skills necessary when working with disabled children in order to ascertain their experiences
- Considered how to ensure that child protection systems are used effectively to safeguard disabled children
- Understand the impact on parents when caring for a disabled child and what types of support they may need
- Considered how coordinated multi agency responses can contribute to promoting the safety and welfare of disabled children.