Safeguarding disabled children in England

Written by National Working Group on Safeguarding Disabled ChildrenDate 20 Jul 2016

In 2015, the National Working Group on Safeguarding Disabled Children (NWGSDC) carried out a survey of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) to establish the effectiveness of local arrangements to protect disabled children.

In particular, the survey gauged the progress LSCBs have made to implement recommendations fromOfsted's 2012 thematic inspection on protecting disabled children.

Key findings of the report include:

  • 25% of LSCBs hadn't prioritised disabled children within the current or previous 2 years or reported that they viewed protecting disabled children as 'part of' their ordinary safeguarding responsibilities for all children. This suggests a lack of shared understanding around the increased risk of abuse for disabled children and barriers to protecting them.
  • LSCBs reported that it was a major challenge to prioritise the needs of disabled children due to budget cuts and competing areas of need.

  • 42% of LSCBs had implemented measures to ensure thresholds were understood for disabled children. 45% of LSCBs were considering implementing measures and others had not yet considered implementing them