Safeguarding children with disabilities: practice tips and direct work ideas

01/04/2022 14:00 - 15:00

Research consistently shows that children with physical and learning disabilities are at least three times more likely to experience abuse or neglect than other children, but despite this, are under-represented in the child protection system. This session will support practitioners from both specialist disability teams and in general safeguarding roles with practical ideas to help you better protect children whose needs, and the potential risks posed to them, may be missed. Using case study examples and referring throughout to Burnham’s Social Graces model as a way of keeping different aspects of identity and relating to children and families in mind, it will include:

  • Ways to support children with communication needs or who use communication systems to have the means to communicate their experiences.
  • Using ecomaps and chronologies creatively to support safeguarding work.
  • Tools you can use in direct work and in supervision to get a closer understanding of a child’s experience.

Rachel Lovelady, service manager, local authority