Safeguarding is a crucial aspect of learning disability services, but there is a fine line between keeping someone safe and giving them freedom to live their life as they choose.
National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2014
These additional practice notes have been designed to be read in conjunction with local single and inter-agency child protection procedures and the National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland which was refreshed in 2014.
Whilst disabled children are likely to suffer much the same abuse as other children, research suggests that disabled children are 3 to 4 times more likely to be abused than non-disabled children. Research has also shown that children with communication impairments, behavioural disorders, learning disabilities and sensory impairments are particularly vulnerable.
This document will provide a summary to support the identification of abuse and harm and practice considerations to support the protection of disabled children.
Serious Case Review Child I & Child M
Southampton Safeguarding Children Board, 2014
This is the serious case review report in respect of two children known in this review as Child I and Child M. Child M died aged 2½ in January 2011 and along with his sibling was subject of a child protection plan at the time of his death. Child M’s half-brother, Child I, died three months later in April 2011 at the age of 4½. He was understood to live with Maternal Grandmother but was in the sole care of Mother at Maternal Grandmother’s house at the time of his death.
Recommendations are providing to address the following issues: