Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Virtual College: Safeguarding Children with Disabilities

As part of my ongoing pursuit for knowledge and information to support you, my loyal reader and my clients, I have been looking at online and distance learning courses for Parents of children with some level of disability.

In that research I have come across the Virtual College who offer short online courses in plain English.

Please remember that I am not promoting or recommending these providers and encourage you to check that they meet your needs and are suitable for you and your children.

Safeguarding Children with Disabilities - Virtual College
Course Overview
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.

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

On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.

Approximately 2 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like, and there is no limit on how long you can take to do the course.

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

Entry Requirements
There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

How it Works

£30.00 + VAT (£36.00 inc. VAT) Discounts are available for multiple purchases - phone (+44) 01943 605976, or email for details
For more information visit their website: Virtual College

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