Child Protection and Disability

As with any parent, most parents of disabled children provide safe and loving homes.  However, there is a significant body of international research to show that disabled children are more likely to be abused or maltreated than their non-disabled peers.  Those with communication impairments, behavioural disorders, learning disabilities and sensory impairments are those most vulnerable. 

A range of factors has been cited to explain this increased vulnerability to abuse, include child or impairment factors; parental factors; and service factors.  Despite this heightened risk, there is evidence that the abuse of disabled children often goes undetected and, even when suspected, may be under-reported.  This course looks at these issues to raise awareness of the risks to disabled children.


Child Protection and Disability

The aim of this course is to increase participants knowledge and understanding of child protection in relation to children and young people who have a disability. 


Learning Outcomes


Participants will be able to

  • Explain what lies behind the apparent under-reporting of abuse of disabled children
  • Describe the risks to disabled children and the abuse they may suffer
  • Determine ways that professional practice could be improved


Target Group

All frontline staff and managers in the public, private and voluntary sectors including health, social work, education, police, housing, community services and the voluntary sector.


Venue - School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Forth Avenue, Kirkcaldy

Time - 9.30 am - 1.00 pm


Available Dates

Wedensday 28th  August 2019

Monday 11th November 2019

Thursday 9th January 2020


All Fife Council employees should book via the Corporate Learning Management System.  The link can be found at the bottom of the FISH home page.   


Other partner organisations can book by following the link to our online booking form.  Your place will be confirmed by e-mail.


If you require further help with booking please contact the CPC Support Team at or 01592 583251


You can access a copy of the current training programme and the training strategy at the links below.


You can access a copy of the "Scottish Government Disabled Children and Child Protection in Scotland: An investigation into the relationship between professional practice, child protection and disability" document here


 Fife Child Protection Committee 6 key themes animation

six for safety

six for safety





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