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Safeguarding Disabled Children

09.01.20 9:30 am
09.01.20 4:30 pm


Children in Wales

*: £95.00 – £135.00

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A One Day Course

This one day course aims to increase practitioners’ understanding and confidence in the specific issues involved in safeguarding children and young people with disabilities and improve skills in responding to their safeguarding needs.  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 (Taylor et al. 2014).  This training emphasises the importance of child focused practice as case reviews highlight that professionals often focus on the health and care needs of disabled children and may struggle to identify and respond effectively to safeguarding concerns.

Participants will explore the need for a holistic approach to supporting disabled children and their families. There are many reasons why disabled children may be at a higher risk of abuse and neglect due to social isolation, impaired capacity to resist or report abuse, reliance on others for personal care, and more frequently away from home.  We will consider how to take account of all a child’s support needs, rather than just those related to their disability.

The training is for practitioners and volunteers, who regularly work with children and young people directly or indirectly and have particular responsibilities for safeguarding children.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of abuse and neglect for all children, and recognise the additional issues for disabled children and those with complex needs
  • Understanding and applying key messages from research into safeguarding of disabled children and young people
  • Understand good practice in supporting interactions with children who have no verbal communication or whose speech is difficult to understand
  • Be aware of the key legislation and policy and guidance relating to safeguarding and protection in Wales
  • Consider the importance of professional relationships with parents and carers of disabled children
  • Consider effective and safe practice when responding to concerns about abuse and neglect including consent, information sharing and record keeping
  • Understand the importance of keeping the child at the centre of the process

About the trainer

Claire Sharp has worked with children and young people, in the voluntary and statutory sector, for over twenty years and currently works as Children in Wales’ Training Officer. Claire spent many years working in the field of domestic abuse, directly supporting children and young people in refuges and in the community, before moving on to manage Children’s Services at Welsh Women’s Aid. She has an ongoing interest in encouraging education and learning, in its broadest sense, having worked both as a primary teacher and in the supervision and assessment of student social workers in child and family teams.

Claire now trains practitioners from a variety of services, on a wide range of issues, including children’s rights and child protection. Claire has also delivered Early Support training, a programme aimed to improve recognition and support for disabled children and their families through a multi-agency approach with the child at the centre. Claire is a volunteer with UCAN Productions, a performance and creative arts co-operative for blind and partially sighted children, young people and their friends, supporting the children to have opportunities to play and socialise and develop skills and confidence.

This course is also offered as in-house training, please contact training@childreninwales.org.uk for more information.

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