Safeguarding disabled children & young people

Information to help professionals working with, or caring for disabled children and young people in safeguarding and promoting welfare.

Information to help professionals working with, or caring for disabled children and young people in safeguarding and promoting welfare.

Research has found that disabled children are three to four times more likely to be abused and neglect than non-disabled children and are more likely to experience multiple types and episodes of abuse. Prevalence rates of abuse of disabled children have been found to be 20% for physical violence, 18% for emotional abuse and, 14% for sexual violence and 9.5% for neglect. 

Findings from a national survey, July 2016: Safeguarding Disabled Children in England: How local Safeguarding Children Boards are delivering against Ofsted requirements to protect disabled children.

However, in spite of the findings in studies of higher rates of abuse among disabled children, there appears to be underrepresentation of disabled children in safeguarding assessments with, locally, only approximately 3-4% of children subject to Child Protection Plans recognised to have a disability.

Safeguarding disabled children and young people includes the positive promotion of a child’s well-being with timely support for the family as well as recognising and responding to concerns about harm. This section of the NSSP website contains information and resources to support professionals in safeguarding disabled children and young people.
The disabled children's team can be contacted at:
  • Tel: (01670) 536400
Referrals to: Disabled Children Team
Eddie Ferguson House
Ridley Street
Blyth
Northumberland
NE24 3RG
SEND information, advice and support can be found here.
Information from the Challenging Behaviour Foundation can be found here.
Information from our serious case reviews can be found here:
Olivia
Sanctuary
  • For safeguarding concerns about a child, call Onecall: 01670 536400
  • For any professional or parent/carer with a mental health concern about a child:
  • CYPS Duty team number
  • CYPS ICTS out of hours number
Did you know that disabled children and young people (DC&YP) are 3-4 times more likely to be abused and neglected than non-disabled children and young people and more likely to experience multiple types and episodes of abuse?

Northumberland Safeguarding Children's Board is committed to promoting an understanding of the vulnerability of DC&YP to abuse/neglect and seeking assurance that partners are working well together to promote the welfare of DC&YP and respond in a robust, timely way when there are safeguarding concerns.

To find out more:
7 Minute Guide on Disability and Safeguarding
Teaching slides - for use by any agency

Also: 
YouTube This is Me 
NSCB Disabled Children and Young People Sub-Group 
Contact details for the Northumberland disabled children team.

The disabled children team can be contacted at:
  • Tel: (01670) 536400
 
  • Referrals to: Disabled Children Team
    Eddie Ferguson House
    Ridley Street
    Blyth
    Northumberland
    NE24 3RG
Advice and Support Service for SEND.

SEND information, advice and support can be found here.
Information to help support parents and carers.

Information for young carers can be found here.
Caring More Than Most from Contact
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is a person-centred approach to supporting people with a learning disability.

Information from the Challenging Behaviour Foundation can be found here.
Information from our serious case reviews can be found here.

Olivia