Safeguarding Children with Disabilities

Producer: Virtual College Ltd

Duration: 2 hours.
This product is an online product and is a single-user, 1-year licence.
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CPD Certified - on average contributes 2 hours towards your CPD.

In the UK there are approximately 1.2 million children living with disabilities (Families and Children Study, 2002). This course aims to raise awareness of specific needs of disabled children in relation to their vulnerability and communication.

The course contains an overview of the national and local agendas in relation to children with disabilities, basic knowledge of the range of protection needs of disabled children and information on how you can enable them to communicate about their experiences and provide support.

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

This course is designed for anyone who works with children, young people and their families.

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

This product allows the student to print a certificate from the course on sucessful completion.

The recommended settings to run this course are:

- Minimum Internet Explorer 6/Netscape Navigator 7
- Flash enabled – Minimum V6
- Popup windows enabled
- Minimum Windows 2000 Operating System
- Silverlight may also need to be installed for some courses
- Most ECDL courses will require a download of the ActivX component from within the course


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This course covers the following topics:

- Welcome and learning objectives
- Context and Overview
- Rights of Children, Young People, Facilities and Carers
- Awareness of Different Types of Disability
- Communication
- Attitudes and Value
- Transitions
- Guidelines for Working
- Safeguarding Issues
- Abuse and Parents/Carers and summary


On completion of this module learners will have covered these learning objectives:

- Be able to recall some of the key legislation and guidance relating directly and indirectly to children and disability
- Understand the range of initiatives focussing on disabled children, their siblings and carers, including their rights enshrined in legislation, government guidance or recommendations from disability groups
- Be able to state what disability is under the Disability Discrimination Act and list the four main types of disability
- Understand why communication is important, be able to name means of and barriers to communication for disabled children, and be able to describe how to ensure consultation and participation
- Be able to explain how children from minority ethnic backgrounds could experience ‘double discrimination’ and how professionals can influence this
- Understand the key elements that go into various aspects of child welfare, including transitional planning, multi-agency working, dealing with diagnosis etc.
- Recognise how safeguarding issues fit into the process, such as the links between abuse and disability, the need for Sex and Relationships Education and how the disclosure of abuse affects parents/carers

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