Helping you keep deaf and disabled children safe
We are committed to keeping all children safe. We include deaf and disability issues in all our activities.
Research and evidence suggests that deaf and disabled children are more likely to be abused than non-disabled children, but deaf and disabled children are particularly vulnerable to abuse because:
- people find it hard to believe that anyone would abuse a deaf or disabled child
- possible signs of abuse are assumed to be related to the child’s deafness or disability.
And deaf and disabled children are:
- less likely to have people who they can communicate with
- less likely to receive adequate sex education or information about their own bodies
- generally more isolated, both physically and socially and also from mainstream facilities and services
- dependent on others for their most important needs, such as feeding, taking medication, intimate care needs and communication
- not offered the same protection as non-disabled children.
We can help you with training and awareness
We have training on topics covering communicating with children, training and resource packs for you to use and conferences at the NSPCC.
Use our resources
Find learning resources for children
Safe – teachers and professionals can use this DVD and practice guide to teach deaf children personal safety skills. Find out more.
How it is – a free image vocabulary for children about: feelings, rights and safety, personal care and sexuality. Find out more.
Two-way street – this DVD will help professionals to communicate more effectively with disabled children and young people. Find out more.
Find training to suit your needs
Safeguarding deaf and disabled children – this resource will help everyone who works with deaf and disabled children to safeguard them more effectively. Find out more.
Safeguarding deaf and disabled children in sport – this training resource will help sports organisations include and safeguard deaf and disabled children more effectively. Find out more.
Bespoke training for professionals and organisations working with deaf and disabled children.
Find out more.
If you would like more information on our work with deaf and disabled groups please contact us.