Safeguarding Children with SEND


The Safeguarding Children with SEND course is designed to help staff and volunteers to identify the risks to pupils identified as having special educational need and/or disabilities and develop a safeguarding strategy around them.

  • Explore why may a child be categorised as having a special educational need or disability and what impact they may have on a child.
  • Examine what Keeping Children Safe in Education says about keeping children with SEND safe.
  • Recognise the risks to young people with SEN/a disability and what strategies can be put in place to safeguard them and manage risk.
  • Discuss the vulnerabilities of children with SEND and Child Sexual Exploitation.
  • Learn how you can strengthen the capacity of a disabled child to Safeguard themselves.

The Safeguarding Children with SEND course is CPD Accredited

Course Overview

This training is suitable for anyone who is engaging with a child or young person with a special educational need or disability. This training will complement any other safeguarding training that you have completed.

The SEND system is the system that supports children and young people with additional needs throughout their education. The SEN and disability code of practice encourages the consideration of a number of factors: a delay in learning and development in the early years may or may not indicate that a child has SEN, that is, that they have a learning difficulty or disability that calls for special educational provision.

Just under 1.5 million pupils in England have special educational needs.

An increase of 77,000 from 2021. Both the number of pupils with an EHC plan and the number of pupils with SEN support have increased:

  • The percentage of pupils with an education, health and care (EHC) plan has increased to 4.0%.
  • The percentage of pupils with SEN but no EHC plan (SEN support) has increased to 12.6%.

Both continue a trend since 2016.

The most common type of need for those with an EHC plan is autistic spectrum disorder and for those with SEN support is speech, language and communication needs.

A child or young person aged from 0 to 25 years has special educational needs or disability (SEND) if they: 

  • have a learning difficulty or disability which makes it much harder for them to learn than other pupils of the same age.
  • they require special educational provision to be made for them.

The four broad areas of SEND need are:

  • Communication and interaction.
  • Cognition and learning.
  • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
  • Sensory and/or physical needs.

This course has been created and delivered by Milly Wildish, a child protection specialist who has worked in criminal and education settings. Milly is a national safeguarding panel member and is currently engaged in a large-scale independent investigation, into current and historical allegations of child abuse.

Your understanding of the course is tested though multiple-choice questions and you will receive a CPD accredited certificate, on the successful completion of the course.

The Safeguarding Children with SEND course is CPD Accredited

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