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The aim of this course is to increase participant’s awareness of the particular vulnerabilities of disabled children and to provide them with an opportunity to explore ways in which we can effectively safeguard disabled children from harm.

Who is Safeguarding Disabled Children (2 days) aimed at?

Both specialist and non specialist workers and is particularly relevant for social workers in assessment teams.

Course Length

2 days

Learning Outcomes

Day One

Participants will be able to:-

  • Explore the current legislation, guidance and context relating to disability and safeguarding work understand the social model of disability review lessons learnt from serious case reviews involving disabled children
  • understand the particular circumstances which make disabled children more vulnerable to abuse, including the concept of created vulnerability
  • assess the signs and indicators presented by disabled children who may have been subjected to abuse including any potential for confusion in interpretation
  • understand the factors which may influence the threshold for intervention for disabled children

Day Two

Participants will be able to:

  • understand attachment theory and how this may be applied to disabled children form productive working relationships with other professionals in which healthy challenge is welcome to ensure the focus is on the child at all times
  • Plan work with disabled children taking into account their particular communication needs
  • Work in partnership with parents of disabled children to ensure the child is safeguarded from harm, including addressing concerns with a parent and challenging them when there is insufficient positive change in parenting
  • Ensure that interventions remain focused on the best interests of the child whilst working in complex situations where there are many competing priorities. understand the factors that promote resilience.

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