The NWG and the Ann Craft Trust have worked in partnership to produce a course that looks at a range of learning difficulties, from undiagnosed limitations through to complex and emotional learning needs.  The Ann Craft Trust is a leading authority in safeguarding disabled children and adults from abuse, who want to live in a world where people live safely, free from the risk of abuse. Through pioneering training, practice reviews, and contributing to world-leading research, they support organisations to safeguard disabled children and adults at risk of harm.

This CPD accredited course seeks to develop knowledge and awareness of how a young person’s ability to understand risks, respond to social cues, and make sense of consent and relationships which can be difficult for them. Many young people do not have a specific diagnosis and are having to cope with complex emotional and learning needs.  This can often lead to them being labelled as challenging which can prevent behaviours being seen as a form of communication. Delegates are given the opportunity to develop their practical and communication skills and consider how they put this knowledge into practice.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course delegates will be able to;

  • Recognise the various modus operandi of perpetrators of Child Exploitation.
  • Define Child Exploitation (CE) and Learning Disability; understanding the relevance of these definitions.
  • Understand and express how values and perceptions of learning disabilities of those around young people can impact on them and their lives. 
  • Differentiate between the term ‘challenging behaviour’ and ‘understanding and translating behaviour’ and what this means in practice. 
  • Consider the vulnerabilities of young people with a learning disability or difficulty and how perpetrators may exploit them.
  • Explain what research tells us about this cohort of young people.
  • Identify barriers in engaging with young people with learning disabilities.
  • Express ourselves non-verbally in order to modify how we may communicate and to recognise the challenges we may face in doing so. 
  • Discuss thoughts on good practice when developing the knowledge and awareness of young people on sex, relationships and consent.  
  • Reflect on examples of developing practice and consider how we may develop our own practice.
  • Consider how we ensure parents are key safeguarding partners and what they may need from our services.

What previous delegates have said about this training:

This training related so much to my role and the young people i support. I’ll definitely be looking at what ive learnt and how we can put things into practice.

Great training, extremely informative.

This training has been invaluable for my practice; this issue is very much under the radar and young people with learning disabilities and difficulties are not having their needs met.

Very well structured and well organised training.

Interesting, good activities, clear and useful information.