We must be aware of the extra vulnerability of children and Young People who have extra needs or a disability.
National research shows that they are potentially three times more likely to suffer abuse.
As a result we should all be keeping ourselves up to date with training on this subject.
Locally you can access BHSCP training.
There is a specific course you could do, Safeguarding Children with Disabilities
The NSPCC also have “Speak Out – Stay Safe”
NSPCC Learning has updated the Speak out Stay safe programme for children with additional needs and disabilities.
The specially adapted resources support schools to deliver vital messages to pupils about how to recognise abuse, and which trusted adults to turn to for help.
The programme is suitable for pupils with moderate learning disabilities, additional learning needs and/or autism.
The most recent Government report is dated 2017
This would suggest that a review must be due soon.
We all have the responsibility to safeguard all children and young people.
But we must be aware of the extra needs for some of those young people we work with.
We also need to consider how the parents of these young people may need extra help to cope.
As we move into potentially having more face to face contact.
We must remain vigilant and keep looking for the signs of abuse.