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Protecting Children with Disabilities

This workshop explores how to identify factors of vulnerability and risk when working with children with disabilities, and provides confidence in responding when children with disabilities are at risk of harm or abuse.  Participants will gain the knowledge and tools to be able to identify when children or young people are at risk of harm and confidently take action to promote their safety and wellbeing.

Participants will:

  • Understand the context of child abuse in Aotearoa New Zealand including the current national approach to preventing and addressing child abuse and neglect. 
  • Understand the concept of vulnerability and factors that contribute to vulnerability and risk, while exploring the complex needs of children with disabilities.
  • Understand the barriers to intervening when children are at risk.
  • Understand the nature and effects of trauma specifically focusing on family violence, child abuse and neglect.
  • Be able to identify the different types of child abuse and neglect including exploitation of children, and recognise indicators and signs of child abuse and neglect.  A specific focus will be on identifying indicators that may be shown by children who have disabilities.
  • Know how to identify and intervene early when children and young people are vulnerable to child abuse and neglect.
  • Know how to respond to children and young people when abuse is suspected or disclosed.
  • Understand the legal requirements around responding to, and reporting, child abuse and neglect.
  • Identify where to refer children, young people, families and whānau for support.
  • Have the opportunity to implement new learning in practice through the use of case scenarios.

This workshop will include a range of teaching methods and mediums including lecture, small and large group discussions, interactive activities, video clips and case studies.  Participants are encouraged to share their ideas and experiences



One day (9.00am - 4.00pm)


Who should register?

Anyone who supports or works with children and young people in the disability sector. 


For more information email us on info@childmatters.org.nz or phone 07 838 3370