Safeguarding disabled children within residential and / or foster care – 2 days

Research tells us that there are approximately 49,000 disabled children living in Britain and around 10% of these young people live away from home, either in foster care, boarding schools or residential placements. In addition we know that disabled children and young people are more vulnerable to abuse than their non disabled peers.

This course highlights these particular vulnerabilities with a focus on children living away from home, and allows participants to explore the systems, processes and interactions that promote resilience and are illustrative of safer working practices and environments.


This programme explores the specific issues relating to promoting safe environments for disabled children in residential care, and develops skills in recognising and responding to situations where disabled children may be experiencing significant harm.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be offered the opportunity to:

  • Consider the particular circumstances which make disabled children vulnerable to abuse.
  • Understand how to work within the social model of disability.
  • Explore particular vulnerabilities associated with a residential setting.
  • Understand the elements of a safe environment.
  • Develop skills in assessing the signs and indicators presented by disabled children who may have been subjected to abuse.
  • Consider how to best work with disabled children to promote communication about difficult issues including possible abuse.
  • Understand how to work effectively with disabled children within the procedures for safeguarding children from harm.
  • Consider the importance of the information known within a residential environment in developing plans that both meet the needs of the child and protect them from harm.