We recognise the complexity of empowering disabled children whilst managing both the challenges and specialist skills required in child protection work and supporting families effectively. Our training courses are designed specifically to combine these elements within national and local frameworks alongside:
We offer both standard safeguarding programmes and bespoke courses incorporating your organisation's policies and procedures. Each course is designed to meet a variety of learning styles combining large and small group work alongside individual learning.
Our trainers will work closely with you from the initial consultation right through to the last evaluation helping to develop courses and measure impact around delegates learning needs. Trainers will explore the job roles of delegates, their understanding of safeguarding and make sure training is accessible by adjusting content to address specific issues or policies as required by you. Our training is designed around four key principles:
Value Base: all of our courses explore cultural aspects that inform perceptions of disabled children and consider the social and medical models of disability. Our training looks at how these factors affect disabled children focusing on interaction with professionals, peers, family members and how they view themselves.
Good Practice: this is based on the ability to make effective relationships with children, carers, parents and professionals. We explore the meaning of this for disabled children with a particular emphasis on communication, participation and the responsibilities of professionals.
Reflective Case Studies: we tailor case studies and examples to suit the needs of your team and their role within safeguarding and support delegates to reflect on their practice.
Law and Policy: we use the national and local policies and guidance including Working Together, the Children Acts (1989, 2004) and Children and Families Act (2014) in England. Also underpinning our work is the National Safeguarding Disabled Children Practice Guidance (Department of Children Schools and Families, 2009) and All Wales Child Protection Policy and Procedures (2008).
All our work is informed by the Rights Approach and United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and Equalities Act 2010.
For more information about how we can support you to protect children with learning disabilities contact our Safeguarding Disabled Children’s Manager, Sarah Goff.
The courses below are intended as a guide and you can request aspects of them (or a course) to create a one-off training event, or, schedule a training series to increase knowledge and develop skills within your team.
*Please note all commissioned training is delivered within your organisation.
Safeguarding Disabled Children 1 or 2 day
An essential one or two day course, Safeguarding Disabled Children can be developed as an induction to safeguarding for new staff or as a refresher for experienced practitioners. Safeguarding Disabled Children will develop existing knowledge, build new skills and focus on supporting you to feel confident and explore your role when safeguarding. The course uses current research about harm, develops awareness of best practice, signs and indicators of abuse both in the home and by those working with children. Together we will explore:
Communication with Disabled Children 1 or 2 day
Developing your understanding of communication is a vital part of empowering disabled children. This course explores listening to and communicating with children and young people about their everyday experiences focusing on times when they feel unsafe or when plans for their care are being made. We will look at the roles and responsibilities of professionals, the dynamics and power inherent in communication with children and the methods and approaches to direct work.
Developing an understanding of the child’s needs and impairments (from children’s rights’ standpoint) you will look at how participation can be promoted at all stages of work with children and families including:
Communication with disabled children will help you to understand the environmental factors which affect young people disclosing and develop work that enables children to express wishes and feelings to proactively plan for their future.
Yes we can! Managing Transitions, Growing Resilience
Yes we can! explores how the way we raise disabled children affects their potential for communication and choices. This one day course will guide you through friendships, safety, relationships, bullying and how young people can be supported to understand their sexuality, develop responsibility and confidence in exercising choice. The course considers the Early Help Planning process and best practice in helping teenagers manage this through levels of support that fit their developing needs.
Managing Assessments and Child Protection Cases for Disabled Children
Aimed at managers this course explores the challenges of supervision, meeting competing needs and balancing risks and support systems. This one day course looks at analysis of risk and reflective practice skills using work on reflective practice and supervision process based on theories of change. The course supports your development as a manager exploring how to ensure and develop the effective use of skills, knowledge and confidence in your staff. We will also explore and support management awareness of the factors which can influence and skew assessments of the needs of disabled children and their families.
Early Help for Disabled Children
Aimed at youth, education, health, support and social care workers who may take the lead in Early Help (CAF) planning, this course aims to help those working together with other agencies. You will develop skills around making effective holistic assessments and plans to support disabled children alongside their parents/carers in a whole family but still child-focused approach.
Advanced Skills in Analysis for Child Protection Enquiries
This one day course is vital for anyone working within child protection enquiries looking particularly at ecological frameworks for assessment and tools to assist in analysis. You will explore the challenges of investigations under Section 47 1989 Children Act, at inclusion of disabled children as effective witnesses, the processes of telling/prompted telling and disclosure coupled with synthesising information from different agencies to form analyses fit for planning, taking protective action and at review.
Sexual Exploitation of Children with Learning Disabilities
Crucial for all staff working with vulnerable young people, this one day course combines practice challenges and legislation (including the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and national guidance) with ACT’s expertise. The course focuses on how children and young people with learning disabilities understand relationships, sexual safety and choices. You will explore the impact of learning disability on young people’s needs in terms of building resilience, safeguarding and action to protect and investigate those abusing. The course includes national materials and resources and draws on our own research about the increased risks of sexual exploitation for young people with learning disability.
Neglect and Disabled Children
Disabled children face a greater risk of abuse than non-disabled children. The Ofsted 2012 Thematic Inspection highlighted practice issues in terms of the identification, assessment and analysis of neglect, planning for robust review and management to ensure the needs of both disabled children and their families are met. This course supports you to explore the challenges faced in this area, the implications for the development and future wellbeing of disabled children and looks at good practice in addressing these.
Working with Parents with Learning Disabilities
This course considers both the needs of children with parents with learning disabilities and the needs of the parents with learning disabilities for appropriate help and support. Working with parents with learning disabilities recognises these competing needs and helps you to identify ways to assess and develop holistic intervention. You will explore how to build formal and informal support networks, implement and lead robust multi-agency teamwork strategies to enable continued learning and development. The course also looks at the needs of children when their parents are unable to meet their needs and how Looked After Children of parents with learning disability can maintain positive contact.
Understanding the Child’s World and Managing Challenges in Behaviour
Behaviour as a form of communication, understanding and managing the growing emotional and social needs of children as they develop is a key part of working with disabled children. Labelling behaviours which adults find challenging can be harmful for children and lead to a lack of creative approaches. This course draws on research and builds your skills and awareness of the needs of children with autism and those with learning disabilities to help develop practices which reduce potential distress and miscommunication and build relationships and skills.
The Mental Capacity Act has impacted positively on Adult Safeguarding but did you know that the Act applies when people turn 16? From that point onwards parents and professionals may disagree with a young person’s choice but if that young person has capacity their life decisions are ultimately theirs. As professionals we need to make sure that young people with learning disabilities are ready for this next step, are assessed fairly around capacity and feel confident to make life decisions. This one or two day training course is developed with yourselves to integrate policies, procedures and team roles. Delegates on the course will explore:
Our team of safeguarding experts are also available for: Presentations at seminars and conferences Delivery of workshops Consultations on policy development
To book a course or find out more about the courses we offer, get in touch today.