Available - Safeguarding Children with Disabilities and Additional Needs


New Zealand's only eLearning tailored to safeguarding children with disabilities and/or additional needs. 

Children and young people with disabilities/additional needs are approximately 4 times more vulnerable to risks of harm, abuse and neglect, compared to their non-disabled peers. Yet all to often the disability sector is overlooked as a primary sector, particularly when it comes to being able to access tailored resources. 

We are proud to be the leaders in changing this and providing Aotearoa with this completely tailored safeguarding and child protection eLearning. This eLearning course is suitable for professionals within and external to the disability sector. To help promote inclusivity, we advocate this learning for all professionals working with and/or engaging children and young people. This helps to develop a collective understanding of safeguarding children with disabilities.

For the disability sector, this eLearning is suitable for all organisations and professional positions. Whilst not exclusive, some examples include: 

For Organisations: Child/Youth Charities/NGOs/Services; Sport and Recreation Providers; Disability Sport and Recreation Providers; Health and Acute Health Organisations; Education or Behaviour Support Services; Disability Community Services: Residential Services; etc.

For Staff: Art Therapists; Behavioural Support Specialists; Sport Coaches and Staff; Health Carers and Private carers; Psychologist; School and other Counsellors; Respite Care Staff; Social Workers; Special Education Staff; Specific Disability Specialists, e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialists, etc; Speech and Language Staff, e.g. Sign Language Interpreters, Speech-language pathologists, etc; Therapists, e.g. physical, rehabilitation, occupational; and as we say, many, many more.

This engaging and interactive eLearning allows learners to develop or refresh their safeguarding and child protection knowledge and skills. Learners explore how children with disabilities/additional needs can be more vulnerable and how to identify and respond to any potential concerns across all levels of vulnerability. Learners also cover the fundamentals of a safer organisation and how safeguarding is a shared responsibility. Based on the 4 Rs of child protection, this course takes a modular approach to:

  • Introduction and Course Context
  • Module 1 - Recognising Concerns
  • Module 2 - Responding to Concerns
  • Module 3 - Referring Concerns (includes internal reporting and referring concerns externally)
  • Module 4 - Recording Concerns
  • Safer Organisations and Learning Review

Pricing Levels

Tailored Packages for Multiple Learner Registrations - Multiple learner registrations can be accommodated via this platform. However, if preferable, we can also support organisations with a tailored and organisation-branded welcome page, a specific organisation eLearning link, an organisation eLearning account and invoice payments.

Total cost is $30.00 including GST per learner. However, we also offer discounts for:

Discount  Quantity

Price Per Learner

Final Price Incl. GST
10% Discount 10-50 Learners $22.95 (Saving $2.55 per learner) $26.39
15% Discount 51-100 Learners $21.67 (Saving $3.82 per learner) $24.92
20% Discount 101 + Learners $20.40 (Saving $5.10 per learner) $23.46

Please note when using any additional promotional discount codes, only one discount option will be available.

Please see Additional Information for further guidance relating to:

  • Course aim and learning objectives.
  • Course duration
  • Learning material and methods
  • Technical requirements
  • Evaluation data and certificates

Aim and Learning Objectives

Aim - To enable those working or engaged with children with disabilities/additional needs, to develop the safeguarding and child protection knowledge and skills needed to identify and respond to child well-being concerns, and/or allegations against staff.

Learning objectives - by the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Define safeguarding and child protection. 
  • Show child-centred practice and language. 
  • Recognise why children with disabilities can be more vulnerable to harm, abuse and neglect.
  • Name the impact adverse childhood experiences can have on a child’s immediate and long-term, development, health and well-being.
  • Identify how the different types of harm, categories and possible indicators of abuse can relate to children with additional needs.
  • Recognise the different types of disclosures and know how to respond safely.
  • State how concerns may relate to a child's well-being and/or allegations against staff.
  • Apply best practice when reporting or referring a concern.
  • Recognise concerns may relate to a child’s well-being and/or allegations against staff.
  • Demonstrate best practice when recording concerns.
  • Model being in a Position of Trust with adherence to professional boundaries.

  • Explain the importance of information sharing and working together with others when worried about a child’s well-being.
  • Reflect safeguarding as a shared responsibility.

Course Duration - Most modules average 40mins, and total course completion is recorded as 4 hours of professional development time. However, learners go at their own pace and complete in their own time. In-fact we advocate a phased approach (usually a module at a time). Learners simply log-in and pick up where they left off.

Learners have access to the course material for up to one year from their registration.  

Learning Material - All material is informed by local and global legislation, guidance, research and case learnings. Most scenarios and case studies are based on real-life scenarios but voiced by actors.

All material has been managed sensitively. However, given the nature of the subject, there is a natural emotional component to this course. We have managed this sensitively, and the course does reflect trigger warnings where applicable. 

 In addition to learning content, learners also receive access to and can download various Resources, Handouts, Templates. For example -   

  • Vulnerability Factors Handout.
  • Legislation and Guidance Handout.
  • Various Research Material and Factsheets.
  • Category and Possible Indicators of Abuse Handout.
  • Harmful Sexual Behaviours Handout.
  • Recording Information Handout.
  • Behaviour Support Form Template.
  • Safeguarding Incident Form Template, including Body Maps templates.

Learning Methods - A variety of learning methods are used within this course. Examples include but are not exclusive to:

  • Specialist content
  • inter-active exercises
  • Information markers and scrolls
  • Quizzes
  • Case Studies and Scenarios
  • Videos
  • Visual tools
  • Practical resources and templates

Technical Requirements

Our course should work in most web browsers, although we recommend that you use Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Safari. We recommend installing the latest version of your web browser before beginning your course.

Our course is best viewed via a desktop and is compatible with most tablet devices. It may be accessed via a mobile device; however, to maintain a quality learning experience, we do not advocate the use of mobiles. 

Where possible, Holistic Safeguarding will offer support; however, we are unable to provide full technical support.

Videos clips hosted via external video sharing sites feature in our courses. Video playback controls will vary and are dependent on the browser used to take the course and where the video is hosted. If you experience problems with the videos, then we recommend you try taking the course in a different browser.

Our FAQ also holds additional technical troubleshooting information should it be needed.

Evaluation Data and Certificates - All learning is evidenced to support personal, and school learning and development requirements. 

Evaluation Data - 

  • Learners complete pre and post-learning feedback forms. If requested by the individual or those registering learners, this can be provided as report data.  
  • We also contact learners 6-months post their course completion to seek feedback on how they have integrated their learning into their applied practice. 
  • At 12 months learners will be notified they are due to refresh their training.

Certificates - Upon successful completion, learners are provided with a personalised certificate of achievement.  To further assistance evidencing professional development, our certificates also confirms course study time (4 hours) and learning criteria (course aim and objectives).