Promoting Person-Centred Services

Safeguarding Disabled Children

This one day course will explore reasons why children with disabilities are three times more likely to suffer abuse than their non-disabled peers. We will consider a number of factors which make disabled children particularly vulnerable, stressing the importance of establishing and maintaining effective communication.

Through key texts, group exercises, reflection and listening to what children with disabilities have to say, we will develop an understanding of how to recognize and report concerns and identify strategies to minimise risk


  • To increase participants knowledge of the specific vulnerabilities of disabled children
  • To increase participants knowledge of their role in safeguarding disabled children
  • To equip participants with the knowledge and understanding required to safeguard disabled children effectively.


Learning Outcomes

To be able to:

  • Identify why disabled children are more vulnerable to abuse
  • Identify the context in which the abuse of disabled children occurs
  • Identify the action they need to take to respond to suspicions/concerns about abuse
  • Understand relevant policy, legislation and practice guidance
  • Identify barriers to engaging and communicating with young people and strategies to overcome these


  • Domestics, aims, learning outcomes, groundrules, introductions, icebreaker
  • Definition of ‘Disability’
  • What is abuse?
  • Setting the scene
  • Incidence of harm
  • Vulnerability to abuse
  • Differing thresholds
  • Communication -  DVD (Two Way Street)
  • Policy and legislation
  • Recognising Abuse
  • Minimising Risks

Who is it for?

Health Practices, Social Workers, Care Staff, Charities/Voluntary Organisations, Leisure Centres, Schools and Family Members

What People Say:

‘The trainer and course itself was probably the best l have ever attended. A very sensitive subject was presented in a very interesting and interactive way’

‘This was by far the best training l’ve received in safeguarding or anything else! Excellent trainer, incredibly refreshing, thoughtful and compassionate approach. The time spent understanding human connections and theory was invaluable’.

‘Immersed the learners as opposed to merely informing, thus ensuring a higher consolidation of learning’ Thank you’.


For further information please contact: 

Tina Thordal – 07815 064710 or e-mail 

Bill Horrocks – 07929 035297 or e-mail